Durban: Team Great Britain race report

A1 Team Great Britain rollercoaster continues with another podium Round 7 -- A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Durban, South Africa Qualified: 2nd , Sprint Race: 2nd , Feature Race: DNF , Series Standing: 4th The Durban Grand Prix provided the ...

A1 Team Great Britain rollercoaster continues with another podium

Round 7 -- A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Durban, South Africa Qualified: 2nd , Sprint Race: 2nd , Feature Race: DNF , Series Standing: 4th The Durban Grand Prix provided the entertainment that the South African crowd deserved. Over 100,000 people watched from grandstands, trackside apartments and any vantage point they could possibly find.

The support from the South African organizers and teams made sure that the A1 teams felt very welcome and the facilities were excellent providing an outstanding weekend's racing which unfortunately didn't favour A1 Team Great Britain with the results that they would have liked.

Sprint race

The action in the race mainly happened in the last and first laps. Robbie Kerr battled with Jos Verstappen in the Netherlands car and lost a place which he pulled back shortly afterwards. Later that lap he ran wide at turn nine. A speedy restart put him in fourth. From there he drove a sensible race under difficult circumstances. A1 Team China had a spin and the Czech car caught debris resulting in a puncture and retirement.

In a last lap bid for a win, Verstappen then made an attempt for victory in the Netherlands car, touching A1 Team France in the process, spinning out of the race. Robbie was very skilled in avoiding the spinning orange car and not only took second place but was challenging France for the lead by the time they reached the chequered flag.

Feature race

The race is certainly one to forget for the team. The start of the race wasn't ideal with Switzerland getting a storming start and passing everyone. From there A1Team.GBR was following France as the pit stops started. Robbie got the call from the team and the dip in Britain's rollercoaster ride started. An error in the release of Robbie from the pits resulted in the car catching an air gun and line which after a lap was still lodged under the car and a second stop was needed to release it. The under-tray of the car had sustained damage and affected the stability of the car so when Robbie braked he skidded, stalled, ending his race.

Robbie Kerr: "Another rollercoaster weekend for the team for sure! It's disappointing the way it ended but at least we got another podium and are closer to Brazil and taking third in the series. We need to carry on gaining points on the competition and take that place in Indonesia. We were definitely on the pace with France, if not faster, so now we need to go for it!"

John Surtees: "It's a bit disappointing obviously when we held out hopes for a successful Feature Race -- with every reason. Basically Robbie's race was spoiled by a pit stop error but that shouldn't take away from the fact that he drove a fantastic weekend. While most others were making mistakes in the unforgiving environment with many concrete walls he was nowhere near. He drove with his head and was a superb competitor. It's encouraging that despite what feels like a bad result we've got another podium and gained points on Brazil."

-team gbr-

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Series A1GP
Drivers Robbie Kerr , John Surtees