Kerr set for Istanbul World Series adventure London, England (June 13, 2006) -- Britain's Robbie Kerr heads into the unknown this weekend, 17th-18th June, as he visits Turkey's Istanbul Park circuit for the first time for Round 3 of the 2006...
Kerr set for Istanbul World Series adventure
London, England (June 13, 2006) -- Britain's Robbie Kerr heads into the unknown this weekend, 17th-18th June, as he visits Turkey's Istanbul Park circuit for the first time for Round 3 of the 2006 World Series by Renault. Having piloted the #5 Team KTR entry to top-ten finishes in Belgium and Monaco, Kerr's hoping to add to his points tally at the Turkish track with the race format returning to a double-header set-up following the solitary race in Monte Carlo two weeks ago. While the last outing in Monaco offered the World Series by Renault competitors a taste of the glitz and glamour of Formula One the flipside was a lack of track time on the legendary circuit.
This weekend's event at the Hermann Tilke-designed 3.341-mile Istanbul Park boasts the complete opposite with Robbie set to revel in the luxury of testing on Thursday and Friday before heading into qualifying and racing on Saturday and the same again on Sunday. The circuit, which hosted its first Grand Prix last season, marks a sharp contrast to the World Series' previous event in Monaco with the spacious Istanbul track allowing cars to race side- by-side, anti-clockwise through the undulating circuit's 13 turns.
Previewing his race weekend Robbie commented: "I'm looking forward to getting back into the swing of a normal World Series weekend with two qualifying sessions and two races. I want to be up there fighting for podium finishes so the more track time I get the better. Istanbul's a proper circuit so I can't wait to get out and learn it on Thursday morning and from there we'll work on the set-up.
"We ran well when we tested on a similar sized circuit, the Nurburgring, in pre-season testing so hopefully we'll be starting with a decent base set-up on Thursday and developing it heading into the weekend. I think fitness will pay off as well with the track running anti- clockwise. We'll be taking in more left-handers so the neck muscles will get a good work out but I'm happy with my training regime and with the weather we've been having here in England recently I think I'm well prepared for similar heat in Turkey."
Robbie currently sits joint ninth in the World Series by Renault Driver Standings, with eight points, following seventh place finishes in Round 1 at Zolder and Round 2 at Monaco.