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Q&A with Robbie Kerr

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06/05/2007

Robbie Kerr helped steer A1 Team Great Britain into the A1 GP history books last weekend in the 2006-07 season finale at Brands Hatch.

The former British F3 Champion's pole position and Sprint race victory marked the first time in two seasons of A1GP competition that a nation has qualified at the head of the pack and taken victory on home soil – Kerr denied a historic double race win having been narrowly beaten to the chequered in the Feature race by Germany's Nico Hülkenberg.

Having come agonizingly close to overhauling New Zealand for second place behind Germany in the A1GP Nations Standings, the difference a mere point in favour of the Kiwi team (93-92) following a thrilling season of racing, Great Britain placed third overall to match its accomplishment from the inaugural A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.

Sunday's action at Brands Hatch couldn't have been scripted better to provide the home fans with something to shout about, Great Britain setting the scene for them with a stunning last lap pole position the day before.

Robbie Kerr, who provided much of the weekend's action and excitement, took time out to reflect on what was a memorable weekend, if not THE most memorable weekend in the short history of A1GP.

How much pressure did you feel under heading into Saturday's qualifying session at Brands Hatch given the team's front-running performance on the Friday?
Robbie Kerr: "Well we were confident before we headed to Brands Hatch that we could be up there and that was backed up after our performance as a team on the Friday with Oliver (Jarvis) going fastest in the Rookie-Only session and my fastest time in the first official practice session. It was a boost for the team as well as for all the fans that came along to support us!

"We knew qualifying wouldn't be easy, despite our pace, we just focused on keeping everything neat and tidy. Obviously my fourth and final run had a bit of drama on the out lap as I was pushing to keep the tyres warm. Thankfully I managed to keep everything together as I was determined to stick the car on pole for the home support."

What exactly was going through your mind as you ran wide prior to your final qualifying run?
RK: "Well my first thought was ‘This isn't good' but I concentrated on keeping calm, getting the car back on track, cleaning the tyres off then just going for it! To be honest the tyres weren't completely clean going into the start of the lap, which definitely hurt our final time, but I still felt comfortable with the car and I knew I could push. Considering what had just happened it was a pretty good qualifying lap but I was a little disappointed as I knew we could have gone even quicker. Despite that it was fantastic to score a home pole, the first team to achieve this in A1GP history!"

Where does your A1GP pole at Brands Hatch rank in terms of your overall career?
RK: "It's definitely one of the best! There were so many people at Brands Hatch cheering the British team on, waving Union Jack's, wanting us to do well so to be able to give them something like that at the start of the weekend was brilliant."

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