Wild Le Mans race leaves Kerr languishing
London, England (October 2, 2006) -- Heading into yesterday's second-leg of Round 8 of the 2006 World Series by Renault, Sunday 1st October, Britain's Robbie Kerr had high expectations for the race coming off the back of his best result of the season the day before, fourth place, in Race 1. Kerr's hopes were soon dashed following a frustrating qualifying session and a wild race which left him languishing down in 21st by the chequered flag.
Race 2, Qualifying (Pole -- Tristan Gommendy, 1m41.950s)
A rain soaked qualifying session would set the tone for Robbie's day as he was limited to just two clear runs at the Bugatti Circuit in the #5 KTR entry. The wet weather brought a series of spinners prompting several red and yellow flags to continually disrupt proceedings. A late spin by Kerr saw him lose what would have been his fastest lap of the session, his posted 1m46.925s therefore lining him up a disappointing 22nd on the grid having successfully cracked the top-ten a day earlier.
Race 2, 27 Laps (Winner -- Pastor Maldonado, Draco Multiracing USA)
Forced to start the race from the pit-lane thanks to a mechanical issue, the former British F3 Champion actually made up ground at the start as he picked his way through the first turn carnage to elevate his track position. His charge was halted abruptly having been hit by James Rossiter, the ensuing contact puncturing Kerr's left-rear tyre. Having replaced the wet tyre, the Brit soon returned to the pits for a full set of slicks as the track dried and held fastest lap for the majority of the 27-lap race. Late race contact with Ben Handley again wrecked any hopes of progress leaving Robbie to cross the finish line back down in 21st.
Robbie Kerr - #5 Team KTR:
"I'm very disappointed with the outcome of the day. Things could have been so much better here, not least following yesterday's progress but it just didn't happen. Qualifying didn't go to plan but we showed in the race once I had slicks on that the car could be competitive."
The World Series heads to Barcelona, Spain for the season finale, Round 9, 28--29 October.