Eastern Creek: Team Great Britain race report

In the Sprint race there was a brief exchange of places but by the end of the first lap A1Team.GBR crossed the line in fifth. From there it was a case of staying out of trouble in preparation for the Feature race. After a troubled second race...

In the Sprint race there was a brief exchange of places but by the end of the first lap A1Team.GBR crossed the line in fifth. From there it was a case of staying out of trouble in preparation for the Feature race. After a troubled second race start Robbie Kerr regained the lost two places on the first corner and then managed to manoeuvre around the A1 Team Switzerland car on turn two. Having made it into fourth place he took the opportunity on the next lap to make a fantastic overtaking move on Brazil's Nelson Piquet Jr to take third. A1 Team Portugal was in first until they took a drive through penalty for a jump start which meant that France was leading the race from Great Britain. On lap 10 of the 35 lap race, both teams pitted taking advantage of a safety car but both teams had trouble free tyre changes so the order remained the same. Despite several safety car spells, France always managed to maintain the advantage on restarts by controlling the pace and so Britain's second podium of the series was destined again to be the silver and not the coveted gold.  

Robbie Kerr:

Sprint race:
"I got a good start – but got boxed in a bit which was unfortunate. We had a bit of a handling problem that we're looking and making a change for by the next race. We kept a good steady fifth which is a good result and gives us an opportunity to do something in the feature race."

Feature race:
"It was a good race. From the start we got a bit of a bad start and lost a couple of places. Squeezed back into fourth which I was pleased with and then it was a case of getting my head down and chasing Nelson [Brazil]. Caught him – went to go down the inside of him on the first corner but there wasn't quite enough room. But he drove very fairly and gave me just enough space. Then going into the second corner I dived back down the inside of him and we held second place to the end. The guys did a fantastic pit-stop once again but unfortunately in the second part of the race the French car had a bit more pace than us. On the restarts under the safety car France could dictate the pace and combined with an engine stutter a couple of time it hurt us – gave France the opportunity to pull out a lead and Switzerland the chance to challenge. Overall it's been a great event – we've moved up in the championship and it's been great fun being in Australia and getting the support from the people here."

John Surtees, Team Principal:
"It's a good result. Robbie has done what's asked of him – keeping it all together under a certain pressure. When you're in that position under a course car the person in front can obviously dictate when he decides to go. It's very difficult and something that Robbie needs to work on but he remains steady under pressure as the Swiss car was trying to take advantage of losing his lead with the pace car each time so it wasn't easy. After the disappointment of Portugal it was rather nice for him to get back in the groove. It's good for the team – it lifts them but we have a little way to go and with a bit of luck that will come and allow us to compete with an extremely good team – the French. They're right on the ball in all divisions and you see two excellent drivers so we need to make certain that we give a car to Robbie that can match theirs."

The fifth event in the A1 Grand Prix World Cup of Motorsport takes place on 18th, 19th & 20th November at Sepang, Malaysia.

-team.gb-

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Series A1GP
Drivers Nelson Piquet , Robbie Kerr , John Surtees