Shanghai: Team Great Britain Saturday report

Kerr Powers Great Britain To Chinese Pole Saturday 14 April, 2007 -- A sublime performance from Robbie Kerr in China today netted A1 Team Great Britain its first pole position of the season ahead of Round 10 of the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of ...

Kerr Powers Great Britain To Chinese Pole

Saturday 14 April, 2007 -- A sublime performance from Robbie Kerr in China today netted A1 Team Great Britain its first pole position of the season ahead of Round 10 of the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport on Sunday, 15th April, the penultimate round of the nation versus nation championship before a return to home soil and the season finale at Brands Hatch, 27th-29th April.

With the British team scoring its maiden victory in Round 9's Feature race last month in Mexico City with Oliver Jarvis behind the wheel, Burbage's Robbie Kerr looks determined to follow suit having come so close in the past and his form at the Shanghai International Circuit has him clearly marked as the man to beat at the home of the Chinese Grand Prix.

Fastest in Friday's practice session, Kerr paced himself in Saturday morning's final session setting the sixth fastest lap time ahead of this afternoon's four qualifying runs, the results of the two fastest laps forming an aggregate time to determine the grid for Sunday morning's 20-minute Sprint race. Confident with his pace, Kerr set the fourth fastest qualifying run on his opening lap on a fresh set of tyres, a 1m35.717s. Sticking with the same rubber his next lap, a 1m35.921s was still the fifth fastest of the second qualifying session.

With two runs remaining Kerr stepped up the pace and fired in a blistering 1m35.38s lap time on new tyres to lead the field at Shanghai but it was still New Zealand's Johnny Reid who held provisional pole with just one shot left at the top spot. Robbie left it late but he failed to disappoint as he clinched pole position with a last lap effort of 1m34.756s, his final two runs combining to give Great Britain its first pole position in 25 races. New Zealand's Reid lines up alongside Kerr for the Sprint race.

"I'm really happy with the way qualifying went," stated Kerr. "The car got quicker throughout the session as we made a few changes to it overnight which unfortunately didn't work as expected, we then found ourselves re-engineering it as the session went on. I know where there's still a couple of tenths in myself and I'm confident that we'll be competitive tomorrow. We've just got to go out there and focus on the job in hand and bring the car home in a good points scoring position."

John Surtees, A1 Team Great Britain Team Principal, commented, "Following the successes of Mexico, we reached new heights today with the team's first pole in qualifying this season. Robbie really excelled himself, holding onto fourth to start and eventually coming together with the car after some adjustments were made to put in a really outstanding lap in the final session. It was a really positive piece of driving and lifted the whole team who were really excited by the whole performance."

-credit: team gbr

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Series A1GP
Drivers Robbie Kerr , Oliver Jarvis , John Surtees , Johnny Reid