A1 Team Great Britain has confirmed that Robbie Kerr will race for the team in the season finale of the 2006-07 A1 Grand Prix World Cup of Motorsport at Brands Hatch next weekend.

Kerr, winner of last Sunday's round ten Sprint race in Shanghai, China, will assume driving duties for Great Britain following Oliver Jarvis' participation in the Friday morning 'Rookie-Only' session, the team currently placed third behind New Zealand and new World Champion's Germany.

With Jarvis and Kerr combining over the last three A1GP meetings to score five straight top-two finishes, including a Feature race victory for Jarvis in Mexico, the team's maiden A1GP triumph, followed immediately by Kerr's Chinese win last weekend, A1 Team Great Britain Seat Holder Tony Clements was faced with an embarrassment of riches when it came time to decide which driver would have the honour of racing for their country on home soil.

"Both Robbie and Oliver have been magnificent this season," Clements stated proudly. "We undoubtedly have one of the strongest driver line-ups in A1GP. We already knew that Robbie was an outstanding talent based on his performances for the team last season while Oliver has belied his rookie status this year, capturing our first ever win in Mexico City and proving himself to be a leading performer in the series with three podiums in four starts.

"Obviously our recent successes with both drivers has given the team a pleasurable headache heading into the season finale at Brands Hatch but we've decided to go with Robbie for the races while continuing to tap into Oliver's proven skills in the 'Rookie-Only' session, kicking off a key weekend for the team and our partners.

"Robbie will be out to score a home win and while Oliver's naturally disappointed not to be racing he knows he's secured his place with the team and is very much part of our plans for the future."

Kerr, with five podium finishes to his credit this season in A1GP, made his series debut at Brands in September 2005 and came close to taking the team's first win in the inaugural round but for a battery failure forcing his retirement. Looking to make amends the former British F3 champion is keen to build on the team's recent momentum.

"I'm really happy to be racing for the team at Brands," said Kerr. "I'm looking forward to competing in front of the home crowd. I enjoyed my last experience there and hope to give them something more to cheer about this time round.

"It's a fantastic boost to go to Brands off the back of a great weekend in China, scoring my first win and being competitive throughout the event. We came close to winning at Brands last season and I'm confident we've got the set-up to do it this year and become the first nation in A1GP to win their home race."

Commenting on the British support the Burbage racer added: "It's fantastic to race in your home event, it gives you the ultimate buzz knowing people are cheering you on. It was great to see all the red, white and blue flags in the crowd last season and I'm looking forward to more of the same in a couple of weekend's time when we return to Brands Hatch."

 

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