Britain's Kerr secures second row slot for Malaysian A1GP Sprint Saturday 25 November, 2006 -- Robbie Kerr boosted A1 Team Great Britain's hopes of scoring a maiden A1GP victory tomorrow in the fourth round of the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of ...
Britain's Kerr secures second row slot for Malaysian A1GP Sprint
Saturday 25 November, 2006 -- Robbie Kerr boosted A1 Team Great Britain's hopes of scoring a maiden A1GP victory tomorrow in the fourth round of the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, hosted at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, by securing fourth on the grid for the opening 20-minute Sprint race with an aggregate qualifying lap time of 3m43.941s today.
In a repeat performance of last season's qualifying session at the 3.44-mile, 15-turn Grand Prix track, Kerr proved himself to be one of the pace-setters right from the off. Straight out on new tyres for the first of his four timed runs, the Burbage racer posted the fourth fastest lap time with a 1m52.016s to kick start the session. He backed that up with an even faster run in the second segment, also running a fresh set of Cooper tyres, lapping the circuit in 1m51.925s to again set the fourth fastest time.
Fourth fastest once more in the third session on his final run on new tyres, a change to the set-up of the British entry failed to yield the hoped for results as the track temperature continued to rise affecting the overall balance of the car. Tenth fastest in the fourth session on old tyres proved to be irrespective as Robbie's first two runs were enough to secure a second-row grid slot for the Sprint race, the second straight season A1 Team Great Britain would line up fourth in Malaysia.
The fight for pole was settled by Switzerland, courtesy of Neel Jani's fastest aggregate time of 3m43.014s, with Jonny Reid impressing in the New Zealand entry to line-up second on the grid. Robbie Kerr is joined on the second row by third-placed Nico Hulkenberg, the 19-year-old German with an A1GP victory to his credit already this season from the Feature race in Round 1 in Holland last month.
Kerr, who scored a third place finish in the Malaysian Sprint race last season, is optimistic he can improve that result this time round as he prepares to race for A1 Team Great Britain, currently third in the A1GP Nations Standings, for the first time since Round 2 in the Czech Republic six weeks ago.
"Sepang's a good open track so I'm confident we can push for a win tomorrow," Kerr stated. "The racing's usually pretty good here and the track really lends itself to overtaking opportunities, subject to the weather of course! We had a competitive car in qualifying and we now know what works and what doesn't in relation to set-up. I can't wait to go racing tomorrow!"