Shanghai: Team Great Britain Friday report

Kerr Fastest as Great Britain Leads in China Friday 13 April, 2007 -- Robbie Kerr kept Great Britain firmly at the head of the 22 competing nations as he set the fastest practice time on Friday at the Shanghai International Circuit, China ahead...

Kerr Fastest as Great Britain Leads in China

Friday 13 April, 2007 -- Robbie Kerr kept Great Britain firmly at the head of the 22 competing nations as he set the fastest practice time on Friday at the Shanghai International Circuit, China ahead of the penultimate round of the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport on Sunday, 15th April.

The day started well for the British outfit as it's latest rookie recruit, Cumbria's Oliver Turvey, made his A1GP debut with a productive showing in the morning's 'Rookie-Only' session. Turvey, winner of the 2006 McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year, wasted little time easing himself into the session, the 19-year-old going on to impress posting the third fastest time with a 1m37.102s lap.

Kerr assumed control of the British entry for the remainder of the weekend and signaled his intentions from the off, the 2002 British F3 Champion immediately setting the pace in China. He ended the day with a best lap time of 1m35.573s to lead New Zealand and France at the top of the time sheets.

Robbie Kerr:
"Oliver did an excellent job in the car in the rookie session and came back with some really useful data and knowledge of the circuit for me to learn from. I went out there and the car was competitive immediately, setting the second quickest time straight away. We made a few improvements and some changes to end the day fastest overall."

Oliver Turvey:
"I'm pleased with third overall in the rookie session, my first time driving for A1 Team Great Britain. I think the track here is amazing and the facilities are great! It's an exciting circuit to drive, with not only high speed turns but some technical low speed corners as well. We made a few set-up changes to improve the car and Robbie subsequently did a great job to end the day P1. Hopefully we'll get another win for Great Britain out of the weekend."

John Surtees -- A1 Team Great Britain Team Principal:
"Overall it's been a very satisfying day. My main concern had been Oliver Turvey due to his limited experience with the car and no experience other than in Formula BMW. He came together very well, was very sensible, gave good feedback and did everything that was expected of him which was very pleasing indeed. It gave a great foundation for Robbie, who hadn't driven here either and he put Oliver's feedback to good use and put in the fastest practice time."

-credit: team gbr

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Series A1GP
Drivers Robbie Kerr , John Surtees , Oliver Turvey