With four meetings remaining on the current A1GP calendar, Team GB may be lying in a distant fourth place in the title standings, but lead driver Robbie Kerr is adamant there is still much to play for.

The 27-year-old has spearheaded the home squad's challenge on the nation vs. nation laurels for much of the past two seasons, and though there have been 11 podium finishes along the way - nine of them his - the outfit's maiden victory still remains elusive. With just 72 points left up for grabs this year and Team GB 45 adrift in the championship chase, the crown looks an increasingly unlikely prospect. The former British F3 title-winner insists he is enjoying the series, however, and is convinced the battle is far from over yet.

"It's been really good," he enthused to Crash.net. "The car is a lot better than last year - we have definitely moved forward with the set-up as you can see with the lap times; compared to last year the cars are quicker and all the teams are getting a good hold on them. They are good fun too. There are no traction aids or anything else - it's all down to the driver pushing to the edge every single lap.

"This year it is a lot more competitive as well, and a lot tighter. The teams have all been able to work on the cars a little bit longer. They know what they've got underneath them now a lot more and that is really making a difference."

The Burbage ace admitted the fact the squad's thus far inability to break its duck had been a source of frustration for all involved, but he stressed there were nevertheless many positives to take away from Team GB's showings, particularly on the performance front.

"It's always encouraging to be there at the sharp end," he asserted. "It is annoying not being on the top step of the podium. We have been close, but we've had lots of problems when we've been in good positions to win. Things just haven't gone our way but I know what I've got to do and the team knows what it has to do too to make it happen."

One major asset is the advice of John Surtees in the role of team principal, a man who as a former champion on both two wheels and four has a wealth of knowledge and experience to pass on to his younger charges.

"John helps a lot," Kerr agreed. "He is a really good guy to work with. He talks a lot of sense and the pointers he gives out really do help us on your way. When you have somebody like John Surtees giving you praise you know you are doing something right, and when he says otherwise you know you have to take note and listen up. That's what we've got to do."

The High Wycombe-born star also participated in the World Series by Renault in 2006, but it was a dispiriting campaign when anything that could go wrong seemed to do so, and if there was a prize for being in the wrong place at the wrong time Robbie would have walked away with it.

"We had a hard year," he acknowledged. "The team went the wrong way with several decisions, and whenever we were in a good position to score some points unfortunately either pit-stops went wrong or we were taken out by somebody. It was unbelievable, a year full of packed incidents. You can't really point the finger at anybody though; it's just the way things go."

As to his racing activities once the current A1GP season draws to close in a couple of months' time, Kerr admitted he still had nothing firmed up, but equally he was not ruling anything out.

"I wouldn't say no to anything yet," he stated. "I've got to look at all the options and make my mind up from there.

"We have got a few things we are working on and just have to see what happens. Hopefully doors will open."

 

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