A1 Team GB has climbed to second in the A1GP standings after Robbie Kerr secured a second straight feature race podium for the team in Malaysia.

After rookie driver Oliver Jarvis took second on the streets of Beijing, the returning Kerr repeated the feat at Sepang as he followed German Nico Hulkenberg home for a second place finish in tricky conditions at the home of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The ten-lap sprint race saw Kerr take the rolling-start from fourth but the former British F3 champion found himself boxed in as the field streamed to the first corner and dropped behind home favourite Alex Yoong into fifth.

Although eager to take the place back, Kerr was unable to find a way past the Malaysian ace and had to settle for fifth - meaning he started the 70 minute feature race from the same position.

When the race finally started after a delay due to rain, the field circulated behind the Safety Car due to standing water, but when racing actually started, Kerr made light work of Yoong to move into fourth place.

A wheel-to-wheel battle for third followed with New Zealand's Jonny Reid, before Kerr hunted down second placed Neel Jani - taking the place from the sprint race winner when he spun the Swiss entry at the penultimate turn on lap 20.

After the pit-stops, Kerr retained second place and unable to catch Hulkenberg, the Briton settled for a second place finish that sees Britain go second to Germany in the standings.

"I'm pleased for the team as second place in light of what we faced today is a good result," Kerr said. "The guys did a great job in the pit stop to get me out ahead of Switzerland, we knew we had a shot at the second podium spot and they kept telling me to push.

"It's great to return to A1GP action with a podium and from the championship perspective I'm pleased we're up into second place heading to Indonesia. We led much of that race last season and I'm confident we'll be stronger on our return!"

 

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