Puncture frustrates A1 Team GBR's hopes in Brno A strong performance by A1 Team GBR driver Robbie Kerr saw the team net a superb second place in today's Sprint Race followed by frustration in the Feature Race when another ...
Puncture frustrates A1 Team GBR's hopes in Brno
A strong performance by A1 Team GBR driver Robbie Kerr saw the team net a superb second place in today's Sprint Race followed by frustration in the Feature Race when another potential podium was ended by a puncture which led to an unscheduled pit stop. Today's results put A1 Team GBR third in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport as the teams head for round 3 in Malaysia.
Having qualified third for both races, Robbie's day started well with a strong drive in the Sprint Race, fending off a challenge from A1 Team Ireland at the opening corner to hold a solid second place to the flag.
At the start of the Feature Race Robbie held onto third place behind Netherlands and South Africa with a fast-starting China behind in fourth. While the Dutch car moved ahead of the field, A1 Team GBR were trapped behind South Africa and became involved in an intense battle after the first round of official pit stops on lap 9. On lap 11 the A1 Team GBR and South African cars made contact, dropping behind France as a result, but six laps later Robbie was forced to make a second, unscheduled stop, as a result of a right rear puncture caused by the incident. This dropped Robbie down to 20th position and although he fought to recover he had to settle for 17th.
Robbie Kerr; "The Sprint Race was a fantastic first race back in the car. It was a shame we couldn't make it one place higher but the car wasn't quite under us to challenge New Zealand and we had a lot of over-steer. It was a great battle during the first lap of the Sprint between us, New Zealand, Ireland and South Africa; we all went for it but respected each other and tried to make it as clean as possible. Unfortunately Ireland and GBR did touch but there was no blame and it was great racing and a good result."
"In the Feature we got a great start battling for the lead going into the first corner. Jeroen (A1 Team Netherlands) did exactly as I would and saw us on the outside and ran me out which was fair but it allowed Adrian (A1 Team RSA) to get back past going into turn 2 which was disappointing as I knew I was much quicker. From that point on he held me up. We had a slower first pit stop than normal and South Africa came out ahead, but I battled hard and immediately got up behind him. We had a good battle but when I eventually overtook him down the straight, giving him plenty of room, he unfortunately got it wrong on the inside and drove into the back of my car knocking off the valve cap, therefore puncturing my tyre with his front wing. We couldn't wait until the next pit stop window to change the tyres so had to come in for another stop. It's disappointing as we were heading for a possible podium and could have left Brno as Championship leaders."
Katie Clements, Team Principal; "Today was bitter-sweet because once again we showed how competitive we are and the superb second placed finish in the Sprint Race really set the team up nicely for the Feature Race. We seemed to lose a lot of ground as a result of South Africa holding everyone up and it was very close after the first pit stops; but ultimately the puncture put paid to any chance Robbie had of scoring another podium for the team. Unfortunately this is what can happy in racing, but at least we remain fully competitive and are looking forward to Malaysia next month."