A1 Team Great Britain became the first nation to score two victories with two different drivers this season after Robbie Kerr finally broke his long awaited A1 duck with a dominant lights-to-flag win in the Shanghai sprint race.

With Oliver Jarvis having triumphed in the Mexico feature event, the pressure has been on Kerr to deliver, but having secured pole position yesterday, the former British Formula Three Champion simply pulled into the lead from the off and held on for the meagre ten lap race distance.

Not that Kerr did not come under pressure, with New Zealand's Jonny Reid pushing him hard but never realistically looking as though he would find a way past his rival into the lead. Nico Hulkenberg meanwhile rounded out the podium to inch ever closer to the championship win he is all set to take in the feature race.

From the off, Kerr held position ahead of Reid, but Jonathan Summerton came under intense pressure from Hulkenberg throughout the first lap, the championship leader feigning moves at turn six before eventually finding his way past at turn 13. Even worse for the American, Sebastien Buemi executed an opportunistic move himself by slipping through up to fourth at the same time.

It was a top five that would remain stagnant as the race progressed, the quintet gradually spreading out, with only Hulkenberg making any kind of progress as he sought to keep Reid honest in second.

It was the sixth and final point that occupied the audience's attention though with Malaysia's Alex Yoong holding Narain Karthikeyan at bay, the Indian desperately trying to make up ground having slipped out of the top five with a tardy rolling start.

Their cause was aided by a curious crash behind them involving Sean McIntosh and Jean-Karl Vernay when the Frenchman attempted to make a move on his rival but instead clipped the back of his car before ducking out from beneath him, sending both into a spin and into retirement.

Kerr was untroubled in the lead though, the Brit crossing the line less than half a second from Reid, who had made a late spurt for victory, while Hulkenberg followed closely in third. Switzerland and USA were a lonely fourth and fifth, while Yoong did hold Karthikeyan off for the final point in sixth.

"It's an excellent job," beamed Kerr. "We did all the hard work yesterday getting out with P1 and then just trying to keep it steady throughout the race, and that what we did. We set a nice consistent pace, and finally...we got one!"

"I'm a bit numb at the minute, I don't know what to think to be honest. To be on P1 for the Feature race and that's the all important focus now. Try not to celebrate the Sprint race now, we can do that tonight."

Hulkenberg meanwhile needs just two points - or a ninth place finish - to secure the title for Germany and with the teenager having finished outside the points just once this season, the title looks to be something of a formality.

 

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