by Russell Atkins

For the second consecutive season, Robbie Kerr has been largely responsible for spearheading Great Britain's assault on the A1GP laurels, but though all has not gone entirely to plan he insists he is enjoying his experience in the nation vs. nation championship.

On the back of a strong third place in the series' inaugural campaign from 2005-06, the 27-year-old was expected to be a strong contender for honours second time around, but with four meetings remaining Team GB is lying a distant fourth in the title chase and is still to break its A1GP duck. Here the Burbage ace tells us the story of his season so far...

Q:
Robbie, how are you enjoying your second season of A1GP so far?

Robbie Kerr:
It's been really good. I'm enjoying it a lot. The car is a lot better than last year - we have definitely moved forward with the set-up as you can see with the lap times; compared to last year the cars are quicker and all the teams are getting a good hold on them.

Q:
So far this year, like last year, it seems like you've done pretty much everything but win a race in the series. How frustrating is that getting?

RK:
It is frustrating, but we will just see what happens. We will definitely be there at the sharp end; we've just got to put it on the final top step of the podium.

Q:
But the encouraging thing, as you say, is that you have been right at the sharp end on pace again...

RK:
Yeah, it's always encouraging to be up at the front. It's annoying not being on the top step, but I know what I've got to do and the team knows what it has to do too to make it happen.

Q:
John Surtees is Team GB's team principal. As a former world champion on both two and four wheels he must have a lot of experience to pass on?

RK:
Yeah. John helps a lot. He talks a lot of sense and the pointers he gives out really do help you on your way. When he praises you, you know you've done your job properly and when he says otherwise you know you have to take note and listen up. That's what we've got to do.

Q:
How about the competition? Last year it was a bit of a one-horse race with Team France sweeping all before it, but this time round things seem to be a bit more competitive?

RK:
It is a lot more competitive, and a lot tighter. The teams have all been able to work on the cars a little bit longer. They know what they've got underneath them now a lot more and that is really making a difference.

Q:
In 2006 you also competed in the World Series by Renault. That was quite a disappointing campaign for you wasn't it?

RK:
We had a hard year. We really had to take note of things and try to move forward. The team went the wrong way with several decisions, and whenever we were in a good position to score some points unfortunately either pit-stops went wrong or we were taken out by somebody. It was unbelievable, a year full of packed incidents. You can't really point the finger at anybody though; it's just the way things go.

Q:
You have nothing firmed up yet for 2007, but is World Series the kind of thing you may consider participating in again?

RK:
I wouldn't say no to anything yet. I've got to look at all the options and make my mind up from there.

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