Sepang: Team Great Britain race notes

Robbie Kerr driving for A1 Team Great Britain took a third podium place of the season in the Sprint race. Making a fantastic start, Kerr was up front and challenging hard and gaining a coveted two places on the first lap. It was only a combination...

Robbie Kerr driving for A1 Team Great Britain took a third podium place of the season in the Sprint race. Making a fantastic start, Kerr was up front and challenging hard and gaining a coveted two places on the first lap. It was only a combination of minor handling problems and a strong French challenge that meant that the trophy was bronze and not silver or even gold.

Robbie Kerr: "At the start it went well and I decided to go to the inside, as I was attempting to pull alongside Neel [Jani - Switzerland] he closed the door which was unfortunate -- otherwise we could have been battling for the lead at that point. Going into the first corner I was happy to come out third and then going up to corner four I saw France and Switzerland touch and I hoped that Neel might have a problem from the contact -- but he didn't. Then to get past France was a lucky move but I had to keep my head down to try to get away because I knew he'd be fast. They were close up behind for a long time and we could hold them back -- a couple of times we switched positions and then I ran wide with a slight problem with the brakes -- a long brake pedal with no real feel to it and an understeer problem so we were slow into most bends so I knew there was a lot of time for them to gain so a win would obviously would have been better -- but another podium and the points is good."

The Feature race with pit stops brought more excitement and overtaking and challenges at the front with Robbie battling lap after lap with Switzerland for second place again. Great Britain chose to pit on lap 16 of 30, before Switzerland, to try to gain an advantage on time in the pit stop -- a strategy that has been so successful all season. It was not to be and two problems occurred, firstly with the wheel not coming off and then with the nut not going back on. Consequent damage may then be the cause of drive failure which ended A1Team.GBR's race on rejoining.

Robbie Kerr: "I got a good start. We were strong upfront until the front tyres began to go away and brought on a recurrence of the brake problem from the Sprint race. It was starting to be a struggle to keep the car consistent with Switzerland really applying the pressure. We even did a few corners side-by-side. Then came the pit stop. It was a great disappointment but we were in a strong position and know what we need to do to make the car go faster. What we've learnt is definitely going to help in Dubai with the nature of corners and I'm looking forward to getting on the track there."

The sixth event in the A1 Grand Prix World Cup of Motorsport takes place on 9th, 10th & 11th December in Dubai, UAE.

-team gbr-

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Series A1GP
Drivers Robbie Kerr