Kerr heads to Spain for World Series season finale
London, England (October 24, 2006) -- Spain's Circuit de Catalunya plays host to Round 9 of the 2006 World Series by Renault, the season finale, this weekend, Saturday 28th -- Sunday 29th October, with Britain's Robbie Kerr keen to repeat his pre-season test form at the track and end the season with a pair of points scoring finishes.
Kerr's final outing in the World Series by Renault, where he races for the Belgian Team KTR squad, follows an encouraging first race performance at the previous round at Le Mans, France where he qualified seventh and finished fourth, his highest placing to-date in a frustrating season for the former British F3 Champion and A1 Team Great Britain racer.
Typical of the British driver's luck this year, his hopes of a repeat performance the following day in Race 2, to capitalize on his momentum, were thwarted when he was forced to start from the pit-lane following some pre-race mechanical issues. Despite this he successfully avoided Turn 1 carnage on the opening lap to find himself climbing through the field only for a puncture, following contact with fellow-Brit James Rossiter, see him head to the pits prematurely.
While he ultimately recorded a disappointing 21st place finish following another pit-stop and further contact, this time courtesy of Ben Hanley, Kerr could salvage some encouragement from an eventful race having held fastest lap of the race through the majority of the 27-lap event.
Looking ahead to this weekend's Spanish finale Kerr remarked:
"Well we had a quick car at Le Mans at the start of the month and certainly in the first race we showed where we should have been for most of the season. We just missed the podium but it was good to be running at the front with a competitive car for both qualifying and the race. Unfortunately some mechanical issues halted our progress the next day and we had to start from the pits but the car was quick again which is encouraging. Hopefully we can cap the season with a pair of decent results, I enjoyed pre-season testing in Barcelona, we set top-six times on that occasion so more of the same would be welcomed!"
Race 1 (19 Laps) from the Circuit de Catalunya, Spain is set to get underway on Saturday, 28th October, at 3:25pm Central European Time with Race 2 (26 Laps) held on Sunday, 29th October, at 1pm CET.