Robbie Kerr had to count on a late surge in the latter half of qualifying for the eleventh round of the A1 Grand Prix Championship at Taupo, the Team Great Britain car lining up in sixth place for the sprint race.

Having had only a modest presence through the weekend thus far, a fact not helped by the lack of a 'rookie' driver to provide data in practice, Kerr was eager to improve in qualifying but instead struggled over the first half of the session, managing just the ninth and fourteenth best times in the first two segments.

Subsequently sitting outside the top ten, Team Great Britain adopted a riskier set-up to haul Kerr back up the grid, a method that worked well when he claimed the sixth and fifth best times in the final two segments, providing an aggregate marker good enough for sixth on the grid.

Nonetheless, despite hitting form at the right time, Kerr was still disappointed with the result, particularly as arch-rivals and championship leaders Germany will begin the sprint race from pole position.

"I'm a little bit disappointed we're not higher up," he said. "I could barely get the car to turn in during my first run of the day so we opted for a more radical setting when I went back out on fresh rubber for my third and fourth runs. The changes made really helped improve the handling at the rear of the car.

"The car turned in a lot quicker and I could really use the corner speed to my advantage. I made a slight error at the chicane on my final run but we still moved up to sixth on the grid which will hopefully translate into a points paying Sprint finish."

 

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