Robbie Kerr defied his lowly position at the end of the practice for the seventh round of the A1 Grand Prix Championship at Eastern Creek to hit back in qualifying and secure a spot on the second row of the grid.

Hoping to make his experience from performing at the Australian circuit last season count, Kerr emerged a disappointing 13th in Friday practice, but signalled his revived intentions before qualifying when he scored the second fastest time in final practice.

Kerr went on to demonstrate his new found pace by proving consistently quick throughout qualifying, finishing inside the top four in each of the qualifying segments to cement third on the grid.

"We took a bit longer than usual to get up there this weekend but I never had any doubts in my head that we wouldn't run well," he said. "Everything worked well today, it was very close in the fourth and final run but in the end it wasn't close enough to snatch pole. The whole team did a great job today and I'm hoping we can translate that into a good run tomorrow.

Kerr is now looking for a repeat of last year's race when he claimed a fifth and second place finish, the latter coming following a thrilling battle back through the field.

"All being well it'll be a clean start to the Sprint race, it's tight here but hopefully we can avoid a repeat of the last rolling start. I like racing here, we did well last year and I'm keen to build on that this time round."



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