Robbie Kerr made A1GP history today as he led the British entry to pole position at Brands Hatch ahead of the season finale, the first time a country has ever occupied the top spot on the grid on home soil - and now he is looking to do it all over again come the races.

The former British F3 Champion cut it mightily fine, however, leaving it until the dying seconds of the four-run qualifying session to steal the advantage away from newly-crowned champions Germany. The result also marks Kerr's second straight pole following on from his first of the campaign two weeks ago in China, which in turn led to his long-awaited and long-overdue maiden A1GP victory.

A strong showing from the British outfit throughout Friday and Saturday morning practice laid the groundwork for Kerr's qualifying charge, with the 27-year-old setting the third-quickest lap in the opening segment followed - ominously - by a second-fastest time on old tyres in session two.

A stunning effort - this time on new rubber - saw Kerr blitz the opposition in the third session, while a brief 'off' on his warm-up lap for his final run failed to derail his pole position bid, as Robbie left it late to cross the line and snatch away the top spot by little over a tenth of a second, to the delight of the capacity crowd present to cheer him on.

"I knew I had to keep my new tyres warm going out at the start of the lap," he remarked afterwards on his slight error, "but as I turned into that corner they weren't quite hot enough and I caught the dirt. It was a bit of a heart-stopping moment, but I got the tyres cleaned off to start the last lap and it turned out to be a solid effort.

"It's great to be on pole but we've got to focus now on getting things right for tomorrow's races, especially the longer feature. We know we have a good car so I'm really looking forward to racing here at Brands tomorrow."

Team principal John Surtees was equally effusive about his young charge's performance, and keen to end the campaign on a high as Britain bids belatedly to wrest the runner-up spot away from New Zealand in the nations' standings.

"It was a superb performance from Robbie and the whole British team," enthused the only man ever to win world titles on both two wheels and four. "Today's result is particularly pleasing as it was so competitive with the lap record from last season's visit being smashed in qualifying. It was a great effort and bodes well for tomorrow."

 

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