Robbie Kerr finished seventh in his World Series by Renault debut today, picking up four points for his efforts, with the British racer confident there's more to come from his ...
Robbie Kerr finished seventh in his World Series by Renault debut today, picking up four points for his efforts, with the British racer confident there's more to come from his #5 Team KTR car ahead of tomorrow's second World Series race in Belgium.
Race 1, Qualifying (Pole -- Christian Montanari, Prema Power Team, 1m17.122s)
Struggling for grip throughtout the previous two day's practice sessions and battling with traffic for a clear run, this morning's 30-minute qualifying session brought a change of fortune for the former British F3 Champion. With drivers only allowed seven laps to qualify, Zolder witnessed numerous drivers testing their limits, the result being a session littered with red and yellow flags. Kerr banged in a 1m18.920s which turned out to be good enough for ninth as several front-runners saw their times excluded having been set under yellow flag conditions.
Race 1, 21 Laps (Winner -- Eric Salignon, Interwetten Racing)
When the lights flicked to green Robbie made a reasonable start from his fifth-row grid slot, only to be blocked heading into the first turn allowing tenth place starter Hayanari Shimoda to pass. Kerr quickly regained the position and climbed as high as fifth before the rain that showered the track caught the Brit racer out momentarily. Dropping to the outskirts of the top-ten, he passed American Colin Fleming at the first chicane to then shadow Shimoda once again in ninth. With two laps to go Shimoda, sitting eighth, attempted to pass Kerr's KTR team-mate Sean McIntosh at the Villeneuve Chicane but he collected the innocent Canadian, firing both cars off track. Kerr capitalized on the incident to jump back up to seventh, keeping his head down from there to bring it home to the checkered flag.
Robbie Kerr - #5 Team KTR: "The race was really our first decent run and we now know where we're at with the performance and set-up of the car. We've got something to work with ahead of tomorrow's race and I'm sure we'll improve upon it. I thought the race was quite exciting, I just tried to avoid some of the late-race carnage because it was like an ice-rink out there after the rain!"
Race 2 (28 Laps), including a mandatory pit-stop, starts tomorrow at 2:15pm CET.