Kerr Secures Second Row Sprint Start in Australia Saturday 03 February, 2007 -- Robbie Kerr kept A1 Team Great Britain firmly in the thick of qualifying action Saturday at Australia's Eastern Creek International Raceway with the Burbage racer ...
Kerr Secures Second Row Sprint Start in Australia
Saturday 03 February, 2007 -- Robbie Kerr kept A1 Team Great Britain firmly in the thick of qualifying action Saturday at Australia's Eastern Creek International Raceway with the Burbage racer securing third on the grid ahead of Sunday's Sprint race in Round 7 of the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.
With the British entry dropping to fourth in the A1GP Nations Standings following a point-less weekend last time out in New Zealand, Kerr was determined to keep title rivals, Germany, France and New Zealand in-sight this weekend. Setting the second fastest lap time in Saturday's final practice session, the former British F3 Champion was enjoying his outing at the 2.4-mile Sydney track where he scored a second-place Feature podium in last season's inaugural A1GP championship.
Kerr's third and fourth qualifying laps, a 1m18.480s and a 1m18.116s respectively, posted an aggregate time of 2m36.596 placing Great Britain third on the grid for the 20-minute Sprint race behind the front-row pairing of pole-sitter Germany and New Zealand with France taking fourth. The results from the Sprint race will then determine the grid for the afternoon's 70-minute Feature race.
"We took a bit longer than usual to get up there this weekend but I never had any doubts in my head that we wouldn't run well," stated Kerr post-qualifying. "Everything worked well today, it was very close in the fourth and final run but in the end it wasn't close enough to snatch pole. The whole team did a great job today and I'm hoping we can translate that into a good run tomorrow. All being well it'll be a clean start to the Sprint race, it's tight here but hopefully we can avoid a repeat of the last rolling start. I like racing here, we did well last year and I'm keen to build on that this time round."
"Today's result was a great team effort," reflected A1 Team Great Britain's Chief Engineer James Robinson. "We stayed focused as a group and Robbie gave us some great feedback as we worked to improve the car's set-up. It would have been nice to have had pole position but we proved we did our homework overnight to get the car more in tune with the demands of this track. We have a very quick car on used tires, as demonstrated in this morning's practice session, and we've always put out a good car for the races, hopefully we'll get a decent result tomorrow."
-credit: team great britain