Kerr frustrated in season finale's first race
Barcelona, Spain (October 28, 2006) -- With a stomach bug and an opening lap retirement blighting his Saturday, Great Britain's Robbie Kerr could be forgiven for hoping for better luck Sunday as the 2006 World Series by Renault concludes with the second race of Round 9's double-header event at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain tomorrow afternoon. The British racer's misery, having woken up ill this morning at the Barcelona track, was compounded further following contact with France's Tristan Gommendy at the first turn of this afternoon's race, Kerr limping back to the pits before posting an unwelcomed retirement to end a frustrating day.
Race 1, Qualifying (Pole -- Alx Danielsson (SWE), 1m26.788s)
Kerr had reason to be optimistic heading into this morning's qualifying session, despite feeling less than a 100%, having enjoyed a competitive collective test at the 4.6km track, home of the Spanish Grand Prix, the day before. In the Friday afternoon session Robbie's fastest lap, a 1m29.183s, was bested only by his KTR team-mate, Canada's Sean McIntosh, and World Series points leader Andy Soucek and his Interwetten.Com team-mate Franck Perera. Race 1 qualifying today would see Robbie post the seventh fastest time in his 15-car group to line up 13th overall on this afternoon's grid with a lap time of 1m27.899s.
Race 1, 19 Laps (Winner -- Alx Danielsson (SWE), Comtec Racing)
Off the line Robbie made a reasonable start looking to gain ground heading into the first turn at the Circuit de Catalunya. Unfortunately for Kerr he soon found himself sandwiched under braking as the pack lunged into Turn 1. Robbie's challenge was to end abruptly as Christian Gommendy careered into the right rear of the Brit's 425bhp World Series entry, the Frenchman's collision in turn sending Kerr into the path of Italy's Davide Valsecchi. Nursing his damaged car back to pit-lane, the prognosis wasn't good and with that Robbie hopped out of the car his race day ending 19 laps earlier than expected.
Robbie Kerr - #5 Team KTR:
"To be honest it's been a frustrating day since the minute I woke up! I caught some kind of stomach bug which kick started my morning then qualifying didn't go quite as well as we'd hoped with a couple of yellows and traffic. What can I say about the race? Hopefully I can get a good night's sleep and all being well I'll get to demonstrate some pace tomorrow!"