Zolder beckons as Kerr readies for World Series debut London, England (April 26, 2006) -- Britain's Robbie Kerr travels to Belgium today in preparation for the World Series by Renault season-opener at Zolder this weekend, 29th-30th April. Racing...
Zolder beckons as Kerr readies for World Series debut
London, England (April 26, 2006) -- Britain's Robbie Kerr travels to Belgium today in preparation for the World Series by Renault season-opener at Zolder this weekend, 29th-30th April. Racing for Team KTR, the former British F3 Champion heads straight into a 'home' race for the Belgian-based squad, run by Kurt Mollekens, as the World Series enters its sophomore season having debuted at the same venue a year ago to a crowd of 70,000 race fans.
Kerr's pre-season test form indicates the Burbage-native should be amongst the front-runners this weekend. A top-ten regular in the #5 KTR entry throughout the six scheduled test days taking in Barcelona, Le Mans and the Nurburgring, Robbie's championship-pedigree was evident as he got behind the wheel of the Formula Renault 3.5 car he'll race throughout the season at those circuits as well as such European classics as Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco, Misano and Britain's own Donington Park.
One of five British drivers to contest this season's World Series by Renault, part of a highly competitive 30-car line-up, Kerr boasts a stellar racing resume including titles in British F3 (2001-02), Formula Renault Star Cup (1998) and the Formula First Championship (1997).
Most recently Robbie's talents were focused over the winter on the inaugural A1 Grand Prix of Nations competing for A1 Team Great Britain. His tally of seven podiums helped steer the British entry to third overall in the Nations Standings with Robbie racing as far a field as Australia, Malaysia, South Africa and the United States.
Returning to European competition, this weekend's trip to Belgium poses a new challenge for the Englishman as he makes his debut at the 4.048km Zolder circuit. While he's proved himself to be a quick learner, tomorrow's two additional 1-hour 50-minute practice sessions provide valuable track time for Kerr and his rivals prior to the weekend's double-header!
Ready to kick off his World Series by Renault campaign Kerr commented: "I can't wait to get going this weekend! It feels like an eternity since I last sat in the car at the Nurburgring so I'm raring to strap back in and get to know the Zolder circuit. It's vital to be up to speed quickly as this is a fiercely competitive series. We were quick in pre-season testing and I'm confident we can carry that form into Saturday and Sunday's races. We'll have a good idea where we're at following Thursday's test so I aim to make the most of it!"
Race 1 (21 Laps) is set for 3:05pm CET on Saturday with Race 2 (28 Laps), including a mandatory pit-stop, following on Sunday afternoon at 2:15pm CET.