With thousands of fans arriving to witness history in making as the inaugural A1 Grand Prix series kicked off in earnest at Brands Hatch, there was one team in particular determined to display their championship winning credentials, complete with the white, blue and red colour scheme to display national unity.

Indeed, Team Great Britain come to Brands Hatch not only determined to prove competitive but to also put on a great show for their home fans as the series makes its debut on British soil. With Robbie Kerr at the wheel, Team GB went into qualifying having proved a consistent top ten contender in the practice sessions. This was a position that was reiterated by the end of qualifying with Kerr securing an impressive fifth place on the grid, marginally behind Australia, France, New Zealand and the pole sitting Brazil.

Returning to top-line racing for the first time since he won the British Formula Three championship in 2002, Kerr was pleased with his efforts to manage a third row slot on his debut.

"The weekend is going very well. We have learnt a lot about the car and obviously with the first qualifying session it is a bit different - we are just learning how to cope with that," Kerr claimed.

With a unique qualifying format consisting of just the two best times from four separate sessions being added together to determine the grid, Kerr ended the day just a second behind the pace setting Brazil team courtesy of Nelson Piquet Jr.

"You have to go out of there and do your best. On two of my runs I caught traffic quite badly but we still found time where we can improve," Kerr added. "We are now going through the car now so we can get closer to the front of the field tomorrow."

Looking ahead to the race Kerr is pleased to have secured a good qualifying position and wants to see it translate into a decent race result. "We are at the right end of the field. You never know what will happen at the first corner though so you cannot pre-judge it - you just have to go out there and do your best."

Despite the extensive pressure being applied from the various national media, Kerr insists that he is more than happy to perform in front of the home fans. "The media attention has been good. The support has been really good - everyone wants to see and talk to you. You need to do it though because without the fans where would we be?"

 

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