Oliver Jarvis and Robbie Kerr sent out a warning signal that Team GB means serious business in its home round at Brands Hatch this weekend - by obliterating the opposition throughout Friday practice.

On the back of victories in the most recent two outings in Mexico City and Shanghai - the former courtesy of Jarvis and the latter a long overdue breakthrough success for A1GP stalwart Kerr - the squad picked up where it had left off once back on home soil, with Jarvis recording the fastest time in the rookie session by some six tenths of a second and Kerr enjoying a similar margin of dominance in afternoon practice.

"It's great to get out on-track with a car that's spot-on straight away!" enthused Japanese F3 ace Jarvis. "For me the car was close to perfect; they might want to make a couple of small changes but I think it's pretty much there. Robbie's in a fantastic position, the car's great, he knows the circuit and the team's on a high - basically everything's set up for a good weekend."

Kerr was similarly encouraged by the British outfit's form around the Kent track - despite a late 'off' - and should the former British F3 Champion succeed in converting his pace into victory on Sunday, he will become the first driver in A1GP history to score a home win.

"It was a good session right the way through," the 27-year-old commented. "We knew the car was fast from this morning's outing and we tried a few other things. Some worked, some didn't, but overall we're looking strong. I think there are still improvements to be made in the car and driver, so hopefully we'll go even quicker tomorrow. I was actually held up on my fastest lap so I know there's more to come."

A1 Team GB seat holder Tony Clements was confident of a consistently strong performance throughout the meeting, though wary of the sport's capacity to bite after the British entry was denied a dream debut victory in the nation vs. nation series a year-and-a-half ago by a battery failure as Kerr rejoined in the lead following his mandatory pit-stop in the feature race.

"Both Oliver and Robbie have shown that the car is well-prepared for the weekend ahead," he said. "Unless we have the kind of bad luck that blighted our maiden event here at Brands Hatch I think we're going to stay up there and be competitive. Robbie should be knocking on the door come Sunday."

 

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