Kerr eighth quickest in final pre-season outing Nurburgring, Germany (April 07, 2006) -- Having posted top-five times in his Formula Renault 3.5 World Series car at Le Mans last weekend, Britain's Robbie Kerr headed to Germany's Nurburgring this...
Kerr eighth quickest in final pre-season outing
Nurburgring, Germany (April 07, 2006) -- Having posted top-five times in his Formula Renault 3.5 World Series car at Le Mans last weekend, Britain's Robbie Kerr headed to Germany's Nurburgring this week, Wednesday 5th- Thursday 6th April, for the final two days of official pre-season testing with Team KTR.
Brake problems restricted Kerr's progress on the first day but he was back up to speed on Thursday capping the day with the eighth fastest time at the 3.198-mile circuit. At the Le Mans test it was Robbie's team-mate, Canada's Sean McIntosh, who had to face mechanical gremlins but in Germany it was the Brit's turn for turmoil as brake problems throughout Wednesday kept him parked in the bottom third of the timesheets with a 1m45.259s his best for the day in the #5 Team KTR car. The Belgian team worked hard to rectify the issue that had slowed the first test day only to be faced with a further delay due to bad weather on Thursday morning.
Low temperatures and ice on the track meant that most of the morning's session proved to be a write-off. Undeterred, when Robbie got back out in the afternoon he was back on the pace, leading the timesheets on his first run on new tyres. He ended the day eighth quickest with a lap time of 1m43.392s -- a positive result after a frustrating start to the final pre-season test.
Robbie Kerr: "I'm fairly happy considering the problems we had on Wednesday. We fixed those and I was quickest on Thursday on my first set of tyres but I didn't improve on the second set. I had hoped to get more mileage under my belt at this test but we were restricted with our problems on the first day then Thursday morning was wiped out by the weather and in particular the ice on track! We're comfortably in the top-ten heading to Zolder in three weeks time and I can't wait to go racing."
Kurt Mollekens -- KTR Team Manager: "I don't think we were the only team to have brake problems at this test but fortunately we found a solution overnight and Robbie's car ran well on Thursday. He was effectively a day behind everyone else but he settled in very quickly and sat amongst the top-five runners for most of the day. Robbie finished eighth but the difference in lap times to fourth was only 9/100ths of a second -- it shows just how competitive this series is going to be this season. We're happy going into the first round at Zolder and I'm confident we'll be right up there!"