Top Three for A1 Team GBR in Australian Practice Eastern Creek, Australia, Friday 1 February 2008: - Positive start in Eastern Creek as Robbie Kerr and James Winslow get to grips with Friday practice sessions. Round six of the 2007/08 A1GP World...
Top Three for A1 Team GBR in Australian Practice
Eastern Creek, Australia, Friday 1 February 2008: - Positive start in Eastern Creek as Robbie Kerr and James Winslow get to grips with Friday practice sessions. Round six of the 2007/08 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport got underway today, with teams participating in two practice sessions at the Eastern Creek circuit, near Sydney in Australia. In action for A1 Team GBR were James Winslow, who drove in this morning's rookie practice session, and Robbie Kerr, who took over driving duties for this afternoon, and who will remain in the car for the rest of the weekend.
Fresh from finishing at the top of the timesheets in this morning's first practice for the Australian F3 round which will support this weekend's A1GP race, James Winslow took to the track once again for the rookie practice session.
After heavy morning rainfall, the session began on a damp track with the Team GBR car using a wet set-up. Towards the end of the first 25- minute segment the track began to dry out, although the team opted to remain on wet tyres as James only ran limited laps due to radio problems. With a dry track for the second segment, James went out on track with new slick tyres and, after running second fastest for much of the time behind home team Australia, he eventually finished third fastest.
He set his fastest time of 1:21.521 on the final of his 20 laps. Robbie then stepped into the car this afternoon on his third visit to the Australian track. After scoring a second place podium in season one and showing very competitive form last year, Robbie was once again straight on the pace in today's practice. Weather conditions remained dry and the team was able to work through its planned programme ahead of tomorrow morning's final practice and qualifying. Robbie finished the session third fastest with a lap time of 1:18.996, three tenths of a second behind session leaders, Team France.
Robbie Kerr: "We were competitive throughout the session and happy with where we're at with the car. We tried lots of different set-ups and could immediately feel the differences, whether the changes were negative or positive, so we have a good idea of what we need to achieve tomorrow. Obviously we have to see what happens in practice tomorrow morning but at the moment we're fairly confident going into qualifying."
James Winslow: "I really enjoyed getting back into the A1GP car again. Compared to the F3 car, it has a lot more power and grip so the lines change and it's a different driving style. Obviously I would have liked to finish in P1 where we were to begin with, but I'm happy with P3. It's again been an honour to drive for GBR, and I'm pleased to have done my bit for the team to hopefully give Robbie a good car on Sunday."
Katie Clements, Team Principal: "We've been very happy with both James and Robbie's performances today and the team has been on the pace, setting competitive lap times in both practice sessions. After such a good start and our previous form at Eastern Creek, we're pretty confident for tomorrow and looking forward to a strong qualifying performance."
Saturday's qualifying starts at 1415 local time (0315 GMT) with Sunday's 20 minute Sprint race starting at 1100 local time (Sunday 0000 GMT) and the 70 minute Feature race starting at 1500 local time (0400 GMT). Sky Sports will broadcast all the live action from Eastern Creek, from 3am on Saturday 2 February and from 3am on Sunday 3 February on Sky Sports 1. A1 Team GBR's Oliver Jarvis will be in the studio for both broadcasts.