Encouraging test form at Le Mans from Kerr Le Mans, France
Official pre-season testing in the World Series by Renault continued at the weekend, 1st-2nd April, with Britain's Robbie Kerr back behind the wheel of his Team KTR Formula Renault 3.5 at Le Mans, France. A top-ten regular at the first test in Spain just a few days ago, Kerr once again demonstrated his talents behind the wheel as he learned the Le Mans Bugatti Circuit.
Faced with a mainly wet track on Saturday morning, conditions improved towards the end of the session with Robbie firing himself into the top-five with a 1m26.542s lap, fifth fastest on the timesheets from the field of 30. Dry running in the afternoon allowed the former British F3 Champion more time to work on his set-up and despite traffic on his flying runs he once again recorded the fifth quickest time of the session, and the day, with a 1m25.059s.
Sunday's first session mirrored the previous morning's start with the track predominantly damp and greasy. Kerr opted not to run with little to learn in the intermediate conditions, the time spent instead in the garage working on set-up changes. With traffic once again making it difficult to get a clear lap in on new tyres, Robbie's fastest afternoon lap of 1m25.907s failed to reflect his true pace as he continues his World Series by Renault education.
Robbie Kerr: "Yesterday was a little frustrating with the traffic on track but overall I know we're making progress with the car and that was reflected in our performance on Saturday. Sunday morning we chose to take our time to work on one or two changes, there was nothing to gain by running in the first session due to the conditions. I'm fairly happy as our lap times on old tyres were up there, we just didn't get a decent run on fresh rubber in the afternoon!"
Kurt Mollekens -- Team Manager: "This was a good test with both our cars running competitively. Robbie was quick throughout the weekend and managed to get quite a bit of mileage under his belt. He was comfortably in the top-five on Saturday while Sunday's running was a little more restricted due to the number of cars on track. We know his final placing on the timesheets on Sunday isn't a true indication of his pace at Le Mans which is encouraging for when we return to race."
Robbie travels from France to Germany's Nurburgring today ahead of the third and final official pre-season tests on Wednesday and Thursday, 5th-6th April.