A1 TEAM GBR BEGINS SHANGHAI PREPARATIONS Shanghai, China, Friday 11 April 2008: - A1 Team Great Britain's Robbie Kerr and Duncan Tappy took to the Shanghai circuit in China today for Friday practice Robbie Kerr and Duncan ...
A1 TEAM GBR BEGINS SHANGHAI PREPARATIONS
Shanghai, China, Friday 11 April 2008: - A1 Team Great Britain's Robbie Kerr and Duncan Tappy took to the Shanghai circuit in China today for Friday practice Robbie Kerr and Duncan Tappy were both in action today for A1 Team Great Britain, as the squad began its preparations for the penultimate round of the 2007/08 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in Shanghai, China.
Tappy took to the circuit for this morning's rookie session before handing over driving duties to Kerr for the afternoon's official practice two. Tappy took the wheel of the A1 Team GBR car this morning for the second event running, after joining the team at the last round in Mexico City. His first job was to learn the 4.6km state-of-the-art Shanghai circuit, before moving onto development work. He completed 20 laps of practice over the 50-minutes, setting a fastest lap of 1:37.504, placing him sixth fastest, nine tenths of a second behind session leaders Portugal.
Kerr returned to the cockpit for the first time since his podium finish in Sydney back in February for this afternoon's one-hour practice session. The team investigated alternative set-up options from those used in the morning session and made a series of changes throughout the session. Changes were also required when the track conditions saw a change in the wind direction.
With 25 minutes remaining, Kerr posted the fourth fastest time with a lap of 1:35.699. He slipped to fifth with 18 minutes to go as Team Germany slotted into fourth with a fractionally faster time. Robbie remained in fifth until the chequered flag, although did improve his time with a lap of 1:35.689 four minutes from the end. Robbie's lap was just under half a second behind Portugal's Filipe Albuquerque, who once again set the fastest time.
Robbie Kerr: "I wasn't happy with the car when I first jumped - the set-up wasn't to my liking so we had to work quite hard on the car and modify the set-up. However, towards the end of the session we were consistently quick and up there with the teams around us, and also with the teams who got the best out of their new tyres and were initially in front of us at the start of the session. It's disappointing not to get the best out of the tyres and of course put in a good time at the start purely because we weren't happy with the set-up, but we cannot worry too much this and it's more important to focus on tomorrow!"
Duncan Tappy: "The A1GP car is certainly a lot different from any car I've driven before, but with it being my second time in the car I felt much more comfortable and knew what the car was going to do, so it was just a case of learning the Shanghai circuit and getting on top of the brakes again. Once everything was set-up, there wasn't a lot of time left to get a good lap in, but we did a good job in both sessions. I was a bit unlucky with traffic, but that's all part of it. However, I'm happy with how the session went and where we ended up. Hopefully I'll get another shot to represent Team GBR."
Katie Clements, Team Principal: "It was just a case of getting the job done in this morning's rookie session and, once again, Duncan did a solid job for us to get the car prepared for this afternoon. Robbie then got back into the car for the first time since Australia. He developed the car well during the hour and we know where we are with regard to set-up and the direction we want to go ahead of tomorrow. We're confident that we can be in a very strong position come tomorrow's qualifying sessions."
-credit: team gbr