Kerr victim of Knockhill crashfest. Robbie Kerr and Alan Docking Racing were the victims of dreadful driving standards which blighted the latest round of the British Formula 3 Championship at the tight, twisty Scottish circuit of...
Kerr victim of Knockhill crashfest.
Robbie Kerr and Alan Docking Racing were the victims of dreadful driving standards which blighted the latest round of the British Formula 3 Championship at the tight, twisty Scottish circuit of Knockhill.
ADR Dallara-Mugen Honda driver Kerr lost his championship lead when he was taken out of race one, and then lost further ground to new series leader James Courtney when he was punted out of contention in the second race.
Kerr kept up the form which has put him among the leading runners at every race this season by posting fifth fastest time in both qualifying sessions.
"Today I was losing out in the first corner," he said, "whereas in yesterday's test I struggled in the chicane, but I was OK there today. We found time between the two sessions, but we're still not quick enough. It's a combination of things, but at least I know where I'm losing the time."
Robbie maintained his fifth place in race one, but after an early safety car he soon began to make up ground on fourth man Bruce Jouanny. With overtaking so difficult on this circuit, Kerr could not get by and the duo were reeled in by Mark Taylor. On lap 17 Kerr tried to pass Jouanny into the hairpin, but lost time on exit and fell prey to Taylor, who then turned in on Robbie when they reached the end of the straight, effectively putting both men out of the race.
"Mark had more speed than me onto the straight," said Kerr. "I just kept the car going in a straight line, not swerving or anything, but he just didn't back off and turned in on me. It was never on and it took us both out of the race for no reason. I just couldn't believe it - I drove with respect but he didn't acknowledge it."
Once again Kerr was bottled up behind Jouanny in fifth place in the early stages of race two. Then a safety car closed the field up, and Robbie came under attack from Brazilian Fabio Carbone. Sadly, a half-hearted manoeuvre by Carbone into the hairpin seven laps from home spun Kerr's car around and he rejoined to finish 12th.
"It's just one of those things," he said philosophically. "I could get alongside Bruce but there was no way he was going to let me by. We've got to take this whole weekend on the nose and go to the next round at Croft and try and get two pole positions and two wins."
Race 1: 1st James Courtney (Australia); 2nd Ronnie Bremer (Denmark); 3rd Heikki Kovalainen (Finland); 4th Bruce Jouanny (France); 5th Alan van der Merwe (South Africa); 6th Rober Dahlgren (Sweden); 7th Rob Austin (Britain); 8th Shinya Hosokawa (Japan); 9th Giandomenico Brusatin (Italy); 10th Tom Sisley (Britain); 11th Tor Graves (Britain); DNF Robbie Kerr (Britain); DNF Mark Mayall (Britain).
Race 2: 1st Courtney; 2nd Michael Keohane (Ireland); 3rd Jouanny; 4th van der Merwe; 5th Hosokawa; 6th Dahlgren; 7th Matt Gilmore (Northern Ireland); 8th Mayall; 9th Austin; 10th Stefano Fabi (Italy); 12th Kerr; DNF Graves. Points: 1st Courtney 113; 2nd Kerr 84; 3rd Jouanny 81; 4th Keohane 74; 5th Taylor 54; 6th Kovalainen 45; 7th Austin 42; 8th Judice 31; 9th van der Merwe 27; 10th Bremer 26; 17th Mayall 4.
Main Championship positions: 1st James Courtney 112; 2nd Robbie Kerr 84; 3rd Bruce Jouanny 81.