Misano: Robbie Kerr race one report

Kerr just short of top-ten Misano points finish Round 4 -- World Series by enault, Misano Circuit, Italy Robbie Kerr, ...

Kerr just short of top-ten Misano points finish

Round 4 -- World Series by enault, Misano Circuit, Italy

Robbie Kerr, #5 Team KTR, Race 1 -- Qualified: 17th / Finished: 11th

Robbie Kerr came home 11th in Race 1 of the World Series by Renault's double-header this weekend at Italy's Misano Circuit. The former British F3 Champion just missed out on a points paying finish but declared himself happy with the pace in his car having started back in 17th.

Race 1, Qualifying (Pole -- Pastor Maldonado, 1m18.517s)

After wrapping up two days of free practice at Misano with the eighth fastest time on Friday afternoon, Kerr headed into Group B qualifying today looking for a strong performance.

Unforuntealy for the Brit an oversteer issue blighted his attempt to qualify in the leading pack, his Dallara-Renault 3.5 failing to carry the speed required into the corners. Robbie's best, a 1m19.599s, placed him ninth in the group of 15 drivers and 17th on the grid for today's 21- lap sprint.

Race 1, 21 Laps (Winner -- Pastor Maldonado, Draco Multiracing USA)

With the KTR crew implementing some changes prior to the race Robbie enjoyed a more competitive car and started off proceedings by graduating two spots to 15th by the end of the first lap. Gaining another place at the re-start following an early race safety car period Kerr found himself tucked behind fellow-Brit James Rossiter in the Pons Racing entry. The confines of the track, more suited to motorbike racing with its short straights and narrow turns, limited passing opportunities with Kerr climbing to 11th at the checkered flag in part due to a four- car accident ahead that eliminated amongst others his KTR team-mate Sean McIntosh.

Robbie Kerr - #5 Team KTR: "I was disappointed following qualifying, not least as we were more competitive in yesterday's practice; there was a big difference in time today. I ended up just outside the points today but I feel we should have been higher. We've got a clearer idea of what the car's like in race conditions now so hopefully we'll have a more productive outing tomorrow!"

Race 2 (29 Laps), including a mandatory pit-stop, starts tomorrow at 1pm CET.


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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Robbie Kerr , James Rossiter , Pastor Maldonado