by Russell Atkins

TO HEAR THE INTERVIEW IN FULL: CLICK HERE

Robbie Kerr has been a lynchpin of Team Great Britain's A1GP World Cup of Motorsport challenge since day one, notching up no fewer than 17 podium finishes from 42 starts, but his current campaign has not been the most successful.

Saying that, out of six races in the hotly-fought nation vs nation series in 2007/08, on the two occasions when the 28-year-old has finished inside the points, he has been up on the rostrum. The British entry may have endured more than its fair share of bad luck this season - as Oliver Jarvis can attest to after the latest meeting in South Africa last weekend - but with almost 100 points still up for grabs, Kerr is adamant that nothing is over yet...

Q:
Robbie, Team GBR has had a bit of an up-and-down season in A1GP so far in 2007/08, hasn't it?

Robbie Kerr:
Definitely; it's had its highs and it's had its lows, but now we've got some continuity back in the team and have sorted out lots of the little problems and technical issues that we had, and the car seems to be running well. In Australia we were quick all weekend, and finally to get back on the podium was where we wanted to be. Now we just need to have a good run in, and get onto the podium at every remaining meeting.

Q:
How much of a boost was it for you and the team to get that podium at Eastern Creek given a) the injury suffered by your engineer James Goodfield at the start of the weekend and b) that you had gone quite some time without a top three finish?

RK:
The whole Australia/New Zealand weekends were the first time I had been back in the car since Brno, so it was great to be back again. We were quick in New Zealand, but unfortunately we had problems with America in the sprint and then a failure in the main feature race; that was really disappointing when it had looked like we could score some really good points.

We then got back in the car in Australia, were quick and on a potential podium again, but we made a call as a team and it wasn't the right one. That meant we fell back in the sprint race, but we came back in the feature and got on the podium. It was great to be back up there and to score some good points.

Q:
Has the strength of the competition stepped up another gear in A1GP's third season do you feel?

RK:
I feel the competition is always getting closer; you can see that from the qualifying times, with for instance less than half a second covering the top nine or ten cars on the grid. It is really tight out there, meaning the car has to be 100 per cent and so do you if you want to get a good grid slot and give yourself the best opportunity for each race.

Q:
There are three rounds remaining now, beginning in Mexico City. How many more of them are you going to be doing do you think?

RK:
I know how many I'm doing, and I've got a big smile on my face. It's going to be great to be back in the car, as a team we know what we've got to do and we're going out there to do just that.

Q:
Are you going to be out there racing in front of your home fans at Brands Hatch in May?

RK:
I'll tell you later...

Q:
The smile says it all. So what ultimately do you think Team GBR can achieve between now and the end of the campaign? You're sixth in the points table at the moment, 48 points off the lead...is the championship still viable?

RK:
Of course it is - you can score 30 points in one weekend. Everyone had a nightmare at some point Down Under, so we're pretty certain that as long as we carry on and remain strong for the rest of the season, somebody somewhere is going to trip up and we'll be there to pounce.

Q:
Beyond A1GP, what are your plans for the summer season? Anything shaping up yet?

RK:
Yeah, we're talking to quite a few people. There's nothing I can really talk about at the moment, but things are looking pretty good that I'll be in a car over the summer, and then hopefully back in A1GP again next winter.

Q:
Is that something maybe sportscar-related, on the back of your forays in the American Le Mans Series towards the end of last year..?

RK:
Yeah, there's plenty of talk there; we've just got to wait and see what's going to happen.

TO HEAR THE INTERVIEW IN FULL: CLICK HERE

Comments

Loading Comments...