Kerr returns to the streets of Monaco
London, England (May 24, 2006) -- Robbie Kerr arrives in Monaco ahead of this weekend's second round of the 2006 World Series by Renault with a useful weapon at his disposal -- experience! The former British F3 Champion already has one career start on the famed 2.075-mile street circuit and he'll be looking to exploit that experience as he returns to Monte Carlo to race the #5 Team KTR Formula Renault 3.5. With this weekend's race accompanying the 64th running of the Monaco Grand Prix, Kerr once again finds himself racing on the Formula One support programme having debuted at the track two years ago competing in the Formula Renault Euro V6 Championship.
While running a part-time campaign in the series, Kerr headed to Monaco and subsequently qualified comfortably in the top-ten, taking the eighth place grid slot on his maiden visit. Unfortunately for Robbie his race was to prove less rewarding as he was hammered into the wall following contact with another car. A quick pit-stop and fresh nose cone allowed him to get back on track but he would eventually retire from the race.
More recently Robbie's experiences of street circuits have produced happier memories. He captured a second place podium finish for A1 Team Great Britain in the A1GP Sprint race on the streets of Durban, South Africa back in January.
Looking ahead to his return to Monaco Robbie said: "This is my second time racing in Monaco so I have an idea as to what it's going to be like in terms of the circuit layout and atmosphere. I'm looking forward to this weekend as I feel it's a chance to really get the season started. We had problems at Zolder which we've looked at and resolved and I'm sure we're going to be competitive in Monaco.
"The challenge in Monaco, as with most street races, is to stay off the walls and bring it home to the finish. Unfortunately last time I raced there I was put into the wall, I was able to get back out again following a pit stop but ended up retiring a few laps later. My priority for this weekend is simply to get my head down and get as many laps in as possible to get a feel for the track in practice then qualifying. We're pretty restricted with our running time so we have to get up to speed quickly."
Robbie currently sits 12th in the World Series by Renault Driver Standings, with four points, following his seventh place debut finish in Zolder, Belgium last month. Robbie hits the track in practice on Thursday afternoon before Saturday's qualifying session leads into Sunday's 25-lap race, scheduled to start at 11am CET, 28th May.