Britains Robbie Kerr made his debut over the weekend in the 2004 Renault V6 Eurocup championship with Italian team 'Victory Engineering'. Although the Monza race turned out to be a disappointment for Kerr, it still showed that the team and Robbie...
Britains Robbie Kerr made his debut over the weekend in the 2004 Renault V6 Eurocup championship with Italian team 'Victory Engineering'. Although the Monza race turned out to be a disappointment for Kerr, it still showed that the team and Robbie have the potential to be serious front runners and championship contenders for the rest of he season.
Robbie made the best possible start to his championship challenge by taking pole position for Saturday's race, on what was his first visit to the high speed Monza Grand Prix circuit. Interestingly, due to the fact that pole position gives 2 points, Robbie became the championship leader after qualifying one.
Robbie commented "This is a fantastic, quick circuit, we've got the car flying, and it feels good to get this pole".
Having made a good start in race one, Robbie was leading into the tight first chicane. Giorgio Mondini starting from second had a very late lunge at Robbie into the braking zone and contact was inevitable, leaving damage to Robbie's front suspension and steering. With a severely hobbled car, Robbie was working hard and fighting to keep track position when the engine began to cut from lap 3, this seriously reduced Robbie's straight line speed. After an eventful and challenging race he managed to bring the car home in 8th, a points scoring position.
Tricky, drying conditions for second qualifying yielded 5th on the grid for the rolling start to Sundays sprint race, leaving the way open for a good haul of points from the weekend. However the race seemed doomed right from the formation lap, when Robbie reported on the radio that the engine problems from Saturday had recurred, leading him to start the race at a disadvantage. A superb start helped him from 5th to 3rd in the first lap, but having to drive hard to overcome the engine problems eventually led Robbie to tag Neel Jani under braking. The resulting front wing damage effectively ended Robbie's race, he came in to change the cars nose, but with the continuing engine misfire it was decided to retire the car.
Robbie's final words on the weekend: "So much was promised from qualifying, the whole team worked well together and we all felt pleased at the end of Friday, you can't believe how disappointed we felt by the end of the weekend. The positive side is we know we can run at the front and we've come away with some points, but we have to go to Valencia for the next round and start our championship properly".
The Formula Renault V6 Championship is running as part of the Eurosport Super Racing weekend, televised live on the Eurosport network.