Kerr happy with World Series by Renault test debut Barcelona, Spain (March 24, 2006) -- Robbie Kerr declared himself satisfied with the progress made following his first test outing for Team KTR in the 2006 World Series by Renault at the Circuit...
Kerr happy with World Series by Renault test debut
Barcelona, Spain (March 24, 2006) -- Robbie Kerr declared himself satisfied with the progress made following his first test outing for Team KTR in the 2006 World Series by Renault at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Wednesday 22nd -- Thursday 23rd March.
The 2002 British F3 Champion capped his pre-season debut with the sixth fastest time at the end of Wednesday's running followed by the seventh fastest time in yesterday afternoon's final session at the 2.93-mile Spanish F1 venue. With 38 laps under his belt on Wednesday morning, a valuable opportunity for Kerr to learn the Barcelona track, the British racer banged in a lap of 1m23.536s on fresh Michelin tyres to set the sixth fastest time in the afternoon session.
A faster lap was on the agenda before Kerr was forced to abort the run thanks to a slower car ahead. Ultimately the day was about acclimatizing to a new team and new car having raced throughout the winter months in the A1 Grand Prix of Nations, steering A1 Team Great Britain's entry to third in the points including seven podium finishes. Yesterday provided more of the same with Robbie improving his understanding of the car and ultimately finishing the second session seventh fastest with a 1m27.740s lap, the Brit denied a top-six finish by his KTR team-mate, Canada's Sean McIntosh.
Robbie Kerr: "I'm pleased with what we achieved in Spain. First off the team's really professional and we've been working well together. Wednesday was really about finding a rhythm and getting used to driving something different from the A1GP car. I had some decent lap times on Thursday and just finished a tenth of a second behind Sean on the timesheets! Overall it's been good to get some mileage here as we finish the season in Barcelona so it gives us something to think about for when we return. I can't wait to get to the next test to try a few more things."
Kurt Mollekens -- Team Manager: "Overall I'm quite satisfied with this week's Barcelona test. By the first race meeting at Zolder we want to aim higher but there were factors to consider for both Robbie and Sean, chiefly neither had tested the new World Series by Renault car and they hadn't been to Barcelona before, a fairly challenging circuit physically. Our aim for this test was for both drivers to learn as much as possible and go for quality running, we'll hit qualifying mode at a later stage. We're all happy as a team, the guys set competitive times and we'll look for more of the same when we go to Le Mans."
Next on Robbie's schedule is two more days of testing, this time at the famed Le Mans Circuit in France, 1st-2nd April. The 9-round, 18-race 2006 World Series by Renault starts with Zolder in Belgium hosting the first of the double-header race weekends, 29th-30th April.