by Russell Atkins

Robbie Kerr believes Team GB has finally got on top of the persistent niggles that have blighted its A1GP challenge in recent rounds - and insists the squad is now set for a barnstorming finish to the campaign.

Prior to the former British F3 Champion's runner-up position in the feature race in South Africa last time out, the British entry had notched up but a single point in the previous five races due to a variety of mechanical woes and general misfortunes. Looking back, the 27-year-old is clearly frustrated but confident the fallow period is now over.

"In New Zealand we had a problem with the car right from the very first session," he told Crash.net. "That meant we didn't even run until the second hour, putting us on the back foot in qualifying and leaving us down in sixth place on the grid which we weren't too happy with.

"In the sprint unfortunately we got taken out by Malaysia at the start. That broke my front wing, but being such a short race there was no time to pit. I was holding off a train of cars behind me, which was great for the fans watching but obviously disappointing for me because I knew we had a quick car. We proved that in the feature race. I was on the back end of a battle for fifth position and was faster than them. Unfortunately just as I was starting to edge up on them to make a move the gearbox failed.

"In Australia we had a good qualifying. In the first race I got up to second on the opening lap and was catching Germany ahead, but unfortunately we then had a puncture and eventually the front tyre exploded. That left us at the back of the grid for the feature race which really put us up against it again."

With a number of good results having fallen by the wayside and the British outfit a massive 53 points adrift of leaders Germany with only 54 remaining to play for, Kerr concedes barring some kind of miracle, the title is now gone. That does not though, he is at pains to add, preclude a strong finish to the season, especially with the final round being held on home soil at Brands Hatch at the end of next month.

"In South Africa it looked like we were going to have another weekend of problems," he said. "We had difficulties with the gearbox again in practice and were disappointed to start down in 11th position on the grid because we missed the first session.

"In the first race we had a nice steady drive up to ninth to give us a reasonable starting position for the feature. I got a very good start and had a brilliant first lap up into fourth, then overtook France and Switzerland and had a good battle with New Zealand.

"We were on different strategies and tyres. Being a street race we knew it was going to be difficult to overtake, and using the better tyres at the start helped us to get ahead of them. We were really taking a risk but it paid off. We were obviously pleased with that - it turned what had looked like being another disastrous weekend completely around. Hopefully it will be a turning point for the rest of the season too."

 

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