Kerr looking forward to Silverstone
Robbie Kerr, the 2002 British Formula Three Champion, is teaming up with experienced sports car driver Chris Dyson in the Zytek 04S LMP car at the Silverstone round of the LMES on Saturday 14th August 2004.
The drivers completed two days of testing at Snetterton last week, with Robbie driving a car of this type for the first time. John Wickham, who guided team Bentley to overall success at the 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours and is acting as a consultant to Zytek commented:
"Both Robbie and Chris did a good job and worked well together at Snetterton, setting competitive times. Robbie was on it straight away. In a new type of car for him, setting some very quick times, his consistency over the long runs was truly impressive. They will have their work cut out for them next weekend at Silverstone. It is a new driver pairing, going up against some big and very experienced names, but overall I think we are in good shape." John Wickham
Robbie is looking forward to his Prototype debut on home soil.
"We had a very good test last week. The Zytek has a lot more down force than the cars I have driven in the past but it works really well and both Chris and I got to feel at home in the car quickly. For me, this is an entirely new discipline. Chris knows sports cars very well so working with him and the Zytek Team is really great as they are very professional and have a great deal of experience which is helping me a lot. I think we could surprise a few people at Silverstone" Robbie commented
Robbie also explained why he has agreed to drive the Zytek at the Silverstone event.
"It looked like we had it all sorted for 2004 in the Formula Renault V6 Championship. In the first few races I had a pole position and won a race, but unfortunately some backing I had been promised did not arrive so that was that.
Since then, I have signed with a new management team and they suggested the option of trying a prototype and also managed to secure some funding for it. I jumped at the chance as the Zytek is very advanced and a new challenge for me. It will give me some very useful experience for the future. We are still focused on a long-term career in single seaters and are working very hard towards that goal, but it is difficult. Until I get the chance to show what I can do in a Formula One car this is absolutely the best opportunity. For the remainder of this year, we may be able to do some more endurance events and for 2005 we are keeping an eye on how all the single-seater and other championships develop, looking at all the opportunities"