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Castle Combe: Robbie Kerr race summary

Kerr takes another win. Robbie Kerr and Alan Docking Racing scored their fourth on-the-road British Formula 3 Championship race win of the season at Castle Combe in the opening race. Unfortunately, the day ended with Kerr's ADR Dallara-Mugen...

Kerr takes another win.

Robbie Kerr and Alan Docking Racing scored their fourth on-the-road British Formula 3 Championship race win of the season at Castle Combe in the opening race.

Unfortunately, the day ended with Kerr's ADR Dallara-Mugen Honda the victim of a first-lap chain reaction incident in race two which forced him out and which means he remains fourth in the championship standings.

Kerr did a good job to qualify second for race one, but was disappointed when he lined up fifth for the second race.

"I had a spin early on in the first session just on the exit of the Esses and had to spend eight minutes in the pits having the nose changed. I did less laps than anyone else and didn't quite have enough time to snatch pole. We made set-up changes for the second session but they backfired."

Robbie was beaten away by poleman James Courtney at the start, but both were led by Richard Antinucci, who blatantly jumped the start from eighth on the grid. Then Courtney slid wide in the first bend, Quarry, allowing Kerr to get a run down the inside and take second into the Esses.

Unsurprisingly, Antinucci was hit with a stop-go penalty, so Kerr moved into his rightful first place at the end of lap two. Despite early pressure from Courtney, he pulled away again to win.

"James slightly overcooked it at Quarry and I capitalised on that. The car was good and it proved we have a better race car than Courtney as I was able to pull away. In fact, even if James had been ahead of me I could have got past him."

On the first lap of race two, Robbie was a victim of a kerfuffle at the Esses: "Heikki Kovalainen definitely jumped the start and got ahead of me. I went to the outside of Quarry and had more speed than the cars ahead. Heikki pulled out on Fabio Carbone and I pulled out on him. Heikki tried to pull across but I got tapped by Carbone and by Michael Keohane, who was behind me.That put me out. Disappointing - but that's the way it goes sometimes."

Kerr now moves on to the Brands Hatch circuit in Kent for the next two rounds, with only a one week gap. Brands holds good memories, being the scene of the first two rounds of the season, at which Robbie netted a win and a third to lead the championship.

-rkr/sd-

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Series BF3
Drivers James Courtney , Alan Docking , Robbie Kerr , Michael Keohane , Heikki Kovalainen , Fabio Carbone , Richard Antinucci