Spa: Robbie Kerr preview

Kerr hoping for change of fortune at Spa London, England (July 24, 2006) -- Robbie Kerr heads to the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit this weekend, 28th-29th July, as Round 5 of the 2006 World Series by Renault plays out on it second stop in ...

Kerr hoping for change of fortune at Spa

London, England (July 24, 2006) -- Robbie Kerr heads to the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit this weekend, 28th-29th July, as Round 5 of the 2006 World Series by Renault plays out on it second stop in Belgium following the season-opener at Zolder in April.

The former British F3 Champion is looking to get his season back on track having been taken out of three of his last four starts in Turkey and Italy -- an innocent victim of all three incidents. Robbie's recent run of bad luck in the World Series by Renault, where he competes for the Belgian KTR squad, was off-set slightly last time out in Misano last weekend as he picked up a point for tenth place following Pastor Maldonado's exclusion from the win, his first points score since Round 2 in Monaco at the end of May.

While Kerr started the season promisingly, placing himself firmly in the top-ten with points scoring runs in Zolder then Monaco, his most recent outings have been blighted by DNF's.

Forced to leave Istanbul empty-handed in Round 3, having been collected by others and forced into retirement in both races, Kerr's latest misfortune happened in the pit-lane in Misano. Having taken his mandatory stop in Race 2, the British racer was heading down pit- lane when Gregory Franchi's Prema Powerteam pit-crew carelessly released him without looking, the Italian spearing out of his pit-box into the right-hand side of Robbie's car.

Kerr arrives in the mountainous Ardennes region this week, where the 3.4-mile Spa- Francorchamps is situated, armed with track knowledge having raced there in 2000 when challenging for the European Formula Palmer Audi Championship. On that occasion Robbie showcased his talents on the ultimate drivers circuit by capturing pole position for the race.

Reflecting on recent results and previewing the weekend ahead Kerr said: "There's not much you can do to control other people's actions on track and unfortunately I've just been caught out in several racing incidents. I'm confident in both my own abilities and that of the team that we can get the job done! Spa suits my driving style and I've raced a single-seater there before which should help. I'm really looking forward to going back there and seeing how a World Series car handles on-track, it should make for some interesting racing."

The action from Spa kicks off on Friday, 28th July, with both Race 1 and Race 2 qualifying sessions held before Race 1 (15 Laps) gets underway at 5:25pm CET. Race 2 (20 Laps), complete with mandatory pit-stop, is scheduled for Saturday, 29th July, at 1:25pm CET.

-KTR

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Robbie Kerr