Team GBR -- Robbie Kerr Q&A London, England (August 14, 2006) -- A1 Team GBR's Robbie Kerr raced through the streets of Manchester yesterday, Sunday 13th August, as together with five other A1GP Nations he participated in a sprint demonstration...
Team GBR -- Robbie Kerr Q&A
London, England (August 14, 2006) -- A1 Team GBR's Robbie Kerr raced through the streets of Manchester yesterday, Sunday 13th August, as together with five other A1GP Nations he participated in a sprint demonstration on the specially designed 1.5km course to promote Sky Sport's live broadcasting of the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season. Part of the larger Sky Festival hosted throughout the weekend, Robbie was joined by Darren Manning and the British duo chatted to fans and signed autographs in the bustling A1GP paddock display. Catching up with Robbie following the hour-long street demo, where he let loose in A1 Team GBR's A1GP car before an appreciative 'home' crowd, the Burbage racer reflected on the experience.
Q: What was it like to be gunning through the streets of Manchester in an A1GP car?
RK: It was a fantastic experience. The crowds were hanging over the barriers and off of lampposts to get a better look! We managed to go fairly quick, I probably topped a 100mph but to be honest my focus was to entertain the crowd and I obliged them with a few burnouts and some slides!!!
Q: What was the reaction of the fans to seeing the cars at such close quarters?
RK: I think everyone really enjoyed themselves. One of the biggest things people commented on was the sheer noise as the sound of the cars out on the circuit really echoed off the buildings!
Q: Would you like to see a street race held in the UK?
RK: Most street races tend to be successful events so without doubt I think a race in the UK would receive a lot of interest and from A1 Team GBR's point of view it would be great for the home support.
Q: Did you try your hand at the pit-stop challenge in the A1GP paddock display?
RK: To be honest I avoided the pit-stop challenge! I think where that's concerned it's best left to the professionals. It's not my job when we race and I didn't want to embarrass myself but I saw a lot of people giving it a go and having fun with it.
Q: Are you looking forward to unleashing the car in testing at Silverstone in two weeks?
RK: It should be interesting to see what happens. Obviously from a team perspective it's the first time we'll have run things 'in-house' so I'm sure there's going to be a period of learning but I'm looking forward to it. I know the guys on the team can't wait to get going and hopefully we'll be straight on it!
Q: What can we expect from A1 Team GBR as the new season of A1GP approaches?
RK: First off we have to get that elusive first win! That's a must but crucially we want to be there each weekend fighting for the championship, put simply that's the aim of the game staring with Zandvoort!
-credit: team gbr