A1 Team GBR to line up third at Eastern Creek Robbie Kerr qualified for the Sprint and Feature races in eighth and third places respectively after A1 Team GBR's engineer was hospitalised after pitstop practice accident A1 Team GBR's Robbie Kerr...
A1 Team GBR to line up third at Eastern Creek
Robbie Kerr qualified for the Sprint and Feature races in eighth and third places respectively after A1 Team GBR's engineer was hospitalised after pitstop practice accident A1 Team GBR's Robbie Kerr will line up for tomorrow's Eastern Creek Feature race on the second row of the grid after qualifying third for round six of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. For the morning Sprint race, the team will begin from the fourth row on the grid after setting the eighth fastest time in Sprint qualifying.
The results follow Team GBR running today without race engineer James Goodfield, who was injured last night in an accident at the circuit. During routine pitstop practice yesterday evening, the wheel nut gun pipe from neighbouring A1 Team Portugal became detached from the tank, causing the gun to swing around, striking James just above the knee. James was taken to the local hospital where he is currently being treated for a broken leg. In his absence data engineer Albert Lau is taking responsibility for the engineering of the car.
The first challenge for the team was the final one-hour practice this morning, and Robbie demonstrated the strong preparations of the team by getting straight on the pace, setting consistently fast laps on old rubber, and posting the second fastest time behind Team France. The main aim of the session was to fine-tune the car's performance on old tyres and Robbie completed 21 laps of practice, setting a quickest lap of 1:20.233.
This afternoon's qualifying did not begin as well as the team had hoped as Robbie took to the track in the dying moments of the first Sprint qualifying session. The GBR driver was blocked on his outlap by a number of other cars, which prevented him from crossing the line to begin his hot lap before the chequered flag. For the second segment the team made a number of improvements to the car and Robbie set the eighth fastest time, with a lap of 1:18.649, putting him on the fourth row for the Sprint race. After the team made further changes to the car, Robbie headed out on old rubber for the first Feature qualifying segment. Unfortunately the set-up changes caused the car to lose rear end grip, and Robbie was only able to set a lap time of 1:20.759.
For final qualifying Team GBR made some good set-up improvements and Robbie was able to demonstrate the team's previous form by recording the third quickest time with a lap of 1:18.720, setting himself up for a second row grid slot for tomorrow afternoon's Feature race.
Robbie Kerr: "We're reasonably happy with our results given that we are without our race engineer. In the first Sprint race qualifying session, a number of cars backed up in front of us slowing us down and unfortun ately we didn't make the line in time. With the difference in track temperature from this morning, the car had changed quite a lot from the final practice session, so we made a few changes ahead of the second session, and although it improved the car, it wasn't quite enough to get the time we were after. We made a few further adjustments ahead of the first Feature race qualifying session, which changed the rear making it harder to drive. However, the improvements made ahead of the final qualifying worked and we're fairly happy with starting from the second row given the circumstances."
Katie Clements, Team Principal: "First of all I would like to wish James a speedy recovery on behalf of the whole team. We very much hope he will be well enough to join the team to watch tomorrow's races. Qualifying certainly didn't begin the way that our earlier weekend form had suggested. However, I'm happy that by the end of the session we had got things right and will now begin the Feature race from a strong starting position. Robbie has always been quick here at Eastern Creek and we are confident that we can achieve some good results in tomorrow's races."
-credit: team gbr