Laguna Seca: Team Great Britain race report

Robbie Kerr takes podium number seven for A1Team.GBR The conditions were very tough for the drivers throughout the 30 minute race. Torrential rain for most of it led to rivers of water on the track which combined with heavy spray gave the A1 ...

Robbie Kerr takes podium number seven for A1Team.GBR

The conditions were very tough for the drivers throughout the 30 minute race. Torrential rain for most of it led to rivers of water on the track which combined with heavy spray gave the A1 drivers a serious challenge. Robbie Kerr drove a fantastic race, made no mistakes and made two of the few overtaking manoeuvres in the race, passing A1 Team Malaysia and A1 Team Portugal in the first half of the race.

Crossing the line in fourth he scored another seven points for the team. Feature race In contrast to just an hour earlier the weather had brightened significantly and the Feature race saw a largely dry track with just patches of water. From fourth the team pitted for the compulsory stop on the third lap. A1 Team Portugal was ahead and slow in the pit lane which delayed Robbie. The team did a great job and gained a place on the Portuguese but the lost time enabled A1 Team Germany to pass. From there Robbie held his pace well and was challenging Timo Scheider for A1 Team Germany for third place but wasn't taking risks. When A1 Team France had a mechanical problem in the closing laps and retired, Robbie took third place and his seventh and last podium finish of the season. With other racing commitments, Robbie's seat for the next event in China will be taken by Darren Manning.

Robbie Kerr: "We had a good weekend. Conditions were difficult with the rain in the Sprint -- every lap was slippy and we took a different line each time with the rivers so I was very pleased to bring it home in fourth position. We weren't sure if it was going to rain again or not for the second race so we went for a middle of the road set-up. We missed out a little bit on the pit stop. I lost time behind Parente [A1 team Portugal] in the pit lane but we got out ahead of him. Unfortunately Timo [Scheider/ Germany] jumped us there which was a shame and then we were running fourth. When France went out we inherited third position which is brilliant for the Series position; that's what we came here to do -- consolidate third. The job's nearly done -- 18 points clear of Brazil so now it's Darren's job to bring it home in China. I'm really pleased with the way everything's gone and a big thank you to A1 Team GBR and John Surtees, Tony Clements and Wade Cherwayko for giving me this opportunity."

John Surtees, Team Principal: "Robbie coped extremely well with the conditions in the Sprint race and as with the Feature race it was a case of trying to take opportunities without endangering car. In the second race we were held off by a well driven German car and generally considering how practice looked we upped the pace and came away with a good result. We very much came here hoping to increase our lead for third place -- it would have been nice to compete for first but that has justifiably gone to the French for which they must be complemented on a well run programme. It is a credit to them and made it difficult for the rest of us and we'll be looking to challenge them for victory 2006/7. Robbie is not available to drive in China due to testing commitments for a summer programme. That is part of putting us in a better position for the start of the next A1 season to make just that challenge. Darren is coming in to take over the seat and it will be interesting to see how he relates to the car. We're not going there for an experiment. Darren's all fired up and wants to make his mark on A1."

The eleventh and final event in the A1 Grand Prix World Cup of Motorsport takes place on 1st and 2nd April at Shanghai International Circuit, China

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Series A1GP
Drivers Darren Manning , Robbie Kerr , John Surtees