Robbie Kerr will be forced to go it alone in the latest round of the A1 Grand Prix Championship at Taupo in New Zealand as he bids to close the gap to Germany in the standings without the help of the pre-occupied Oliver Jarvis.

With Jarvis forced to miss the New Zealand round due to his commitments in the Japanese Formula Three Championship, there will be no second car to take part in the 'rookie practice sessions', putting Great Britain on the back foot compared to rivals Germany who, by contrast, will see Christian Vietoris make his debut. Nonetheless, Kerr is determined to bridge the ever widening gap to their rivals after the team suffered their first retirement of the year in the feature race at a sodden Sentul, dropping them some twelve points behind.

"We had a bit of a mixed bag in Sentul with a sprint race podium and fastest lap, but our feature race retirement hurt our pursuit of Germany at the top of the Nations' standings," he said.

Like most of his rivals, Kerr is excited at the chance to try another new circuit, especially one that has received a lot of attention.

"It's always exciting to be running at a completely new circuit, and Taupo looks like it should be a lot of fun," he noted, "The New Zealanders appreciate their motorsport and there should be a fantastic atmosphere this weekend following the home team's success in Indonesia. I'll be keen to make up some lost ground in New Zealand and, hopefully, carry that momentum into the next round in Australia."

Kerr admits, however, that the team could suffer from the absence of Jarvis, claiming that he would have provided invaluable data on an unknown track.

"For sure, everyone wants to get as much track time as possible at a new circuit," he explained, "The bottom line is that, in New Zealand, we're simply not in a situation to benefit from the rookie session, so we'll just have to gain as much as we can from Friday afternoon's official practice and get our heads down ahead of Saturday's qualifying runs."



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