Some opportunistic driving early on followed by a display in defensive manoeuvring for the remainder of the A1 Grand Prix feature race in Durban helped Great Britain to equal their best result of the season so far in second place.

Going into the feature race ninth on the grid after a torrid weekend that had thus far seen Robbie Kerr struck by several mechanical problems, the various clashes at the beginning of the race allowed him to capitalise, jumping up to fifth place by the first corner.

Fifth quickly become third when France retired on lap three, while Kerr was able to pull off one of the afternoon's more impressive moves on Switzerland almost straight after to hold onto a provisional podium position.

Kerr would go onto make up a further place when Netherlands served their penalty, but with leaders Germany sprinting off in the distance, Kerr instead embarked on a 40 lap duel with Matt Halliday in third place as the New Zealander tried desperately to find a way past.

Indeed, the decision to put Kerr on fresh tyres at the start of the race proved to be a shrewd one as he sliced his way through the field, the flip side being that following the pit stops it was his rivals that held the advantage instead.

Nonetheless, Kerr held steady to record a much needed nine points, ending a run of five races that had yielded just a single point and dropped Great Britain from Germany's tail in the standings to sixth briefly between the races.

"It's fantastic to put our run of bad luck behind us with a strong result like that," he enthused. "I made a great start and used the new tyres pretty well in the first run.

"We had a reasonable race car having solved some of the issues that hampered us earlier in the weekend. The team did a great job, I raced hard and we've finally got back up where we belong."

The result has now moved Great Britain back up to fourth in the standings though, albeit closely followed by Switzerland and Netherlands one and three points adrift.

 

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