Taupo: Team Great Britain Saturday report

Sixth Place Sprint Start for Great Britain's Kerr Saturday 20 January, 2007 -- A1 Team Great Britain's Robbie Kerr rebounded in the second-half of Saturday's qualifying session to secure sixth on the grid for Sunday's Sprint race as the Taupo ...

Sixth Place Sprint Start for Great Britain's Kerr

Saturday 20 January, 2007 -- A1 Team Great Britain's Robbie Kerr rebounded in the second-half of Saturday's qualifying session to secure sixth on the grid for Sunday's Sprint race as the Taupo Motorsports Park in New Zealand prepares to host Round 6 of the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.

A slow start to qualifying left the British entry languishing down the timesheets as Kerr prepared for his final two 'hot' laps around the brand new 2.17-mile Taupo circuit, situated on New Zealand's North Island. The Burbage racer and the engineering team opted for a more extreme set-up for the third and fourth runs, the changes implemented resulting in significant gains as Kerr rocketed back up the order.

Setting the sixth fastest lap time in the third session, with a 1m15.103s, Robbie's final effort, a 1m14.554s, broke the top-five with the combined aggregate placing A1 Team Great Britain sixth on the grid for Sunday's Sprint race -- the results of which then determine the line-up for the 70-minute Feature race. With points awarded to the top-six in the Sprint and the top-ten in the Feature, Kerr's keen to close the gap to A1 Team Germany, winners of Saturday's pole battle with France and the current A1GP points leaders, Britain sitting in second place just 12 points behind Germany (48-36).

"I'm a little bit disappointed we're not higher up," reflected Robbie Kerr at the end of the qualifying session. "I could barely get the car to turn in during my first run of the day so we opted for a more radical setting when I went back out on fresh rubber for my third and fourth runs. The changes made really helped improve the handling at the rear of the car. The car turned in a lot quicker and I could really use the corner speed to my advantage. I made a slight error at the chicane on my final run but we still moved up to sixth on the grid which will hopefully translate into a points paying Sprint finish."

A1 Team Great Britain Team Principal John Surtees is similarly looking for a good score in New Zealand. "I think the team's in good shape for tomorrow," Surtees commented. "We seem to have found a good set-up and we're firmly in the mix for points with our top-six starting position. We perhaps need a bit more consistency but Robbie's efforts in the later stages of qualifying did the business. I have to say I've been very impressed with our reception at Taupo, the organisation and enthusiasm shown here has been of the highest order which is great for us and for A1GP!"

-credit: team great britain

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Series A1GP
Drivers Robbie Kerr , John Surtees