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WS: Kerr adds to KTR tally, McIntosh frustrated.


Robbie Kerr claimed his second top ten finish of the World Series by Renault season, taking seventh place in Monaco, but KTR team-mate Sean McIntosh was not so fortunate, leaving the Principality empty-handed, having been frustrated by the tight confines of the famous street circuit.

Having endured a frustrating qualifying session, Kerr launched himself from 13th on the grid and into a top ten spot on the opening lap, even though the entire 26-car field emerged from the first turn unscathed. The move proved to be a vital one as, with overtaking at a premium on the narrow streets, the Briton was left to rely on those ahead of him suffering misfortune, while attempting to keep himself out of the barriers and not put too much strain on his Dallara.

McIntosh also made up ground as the lights went out on Sunday morning, but initially found himself under pressure from Russian rival Mikhail Aleshin. Eventually seeing off the challenge from the Carlin Motorsport driver, the 21-year old then experienced the other side of the Monaco coin, finding himself hooked up to the gearbox of Interwetten's Andy Soucek, but unable to find a gap big enough to enable a pass.

While McIntosh undoubtedly had the faster of the two race cars, Soucek was able to safeguard his position and held station all the way to the chequered flag at the end of a caution-free 25 laps, leaving the Canadian a mere five-tenths of a second shy of tenth place and opening his World Series account.

"It was good to finally get some laps in, but it was very difficult to pass Soucek," McIntosh sighed, "I was beside him twice - once at the first turn, the other time at Rascasse - but it's virtually impossible to pass at Monaco. Given that I've never raced here before, and with the way qualifying went, I'm reasonably satisfied with today's outcome but, obviously, I wanted to finish in the points."

Kerr, meanwhile, was also discovering just how hard it is to pass, finding himself locked up behind Alvaro Parente who, in turn, was sat behind Victory Engineering team-mate Hayanari Shimoda. While the track laid claim to a few victims, thankfully without interrupting the flow of the race with a safety car period, Shimoda, Parente and Kerr ran nose-to-tail in fifth, sixth and seventh to the flag, despite several attempts by Kerr to crack the Portuguese driver's defences.

"I thought my start was fairly decent, I passed a few people for position, but eventually found myself sitting behind Parente," the Briton recounted, "After that, I just couldn't find a way past, even though I was quicker than him. But that's Monaco!

"I'd have liked to have had a stronger finish as the pace was definitely there, but I collected a few more points and we'll hopefully carry that momentum to Turkey next month."

Kerr now sits in a share of ninth place in the standings, alongside fellow Briton Steven Kane, with eight points.


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Robbie Kerr - KTR   [pic credit: Renault Sport media]
Sean McIntosh - KTR   [pic credit: Renault Sport media]
Sean McIntosh - KTR   [pic credit: Renault Sport media]
Robbie Kerr (GBR), Team Great Britain
Nicolas Lapierre (FRA), Team France and Robbie Kerr (GBR), Team Great Britain
Robbie Kerr (GBR), Team Great Britain
Robbie Kerr (GBR), Team Great Britain
Robbie Kerr (GBR), Team Great Britain
Robbie Kerr (GBR), Team Great Britain

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