The second A1 Grand Prix weekend nearly witnessed the first 'last to first' performance in series history courtesy of Team Great Britain's Robbie Kerr, who overcame a first corner sprint race crash to finish a superb second in the feature race.

Having to start stone last after an overly optimistic move on the front row starting Team USA entry of Scott Speed resulted in both the British and American entries leaving the track in the sprint race, Kerr was in sparkling form for the 35-lap feature.

Despite overtaking opportunities being few and far between around the EuroSpeedway in Germany, Kerr made mincemeat of the lower order during the opening two laps of the feature race before making a quick early pit stop that would further propel him up the order.

A combination of some super smooth laps and a variety of pit stop problems for nearly half the field allowed Kerr to continue his climb up the order as the rest of the pack made their mandatory stops. However despite moving into second place behind the dominant Team France entry, Kerr had a seemingly insurmountable deficit when the pits shuffle concluded.

That deficit was erased by the appearance of the safety car on lap 20 to recover the stalled Team Indian entry but while Kerr started the final nine lap sprint to the chequers directly behind France's Nicolas Lapierre, the Frenchman powered away on the restart and never gave the Englishman an opportunity to attack.

Still second place was a tremendous result for the British team, who moved into seventh place in the overall points table.

"The second race made up for the first coming from the back of the grid," said Kerr. "The early pit stop was a hard strategy for me because I had to drive 100% all the way through the race. I had a good first lap and overtook a lot of cars and then I pitted.

"Again the team did a fantastic job. They got me out and I carried on pushing hard not knowing where I was going to end up. I just had to keep my head down. We all needed this result. It's well deserved by the team and I'm very proud to have been the one in the car."

"Obviously we had the lows and highs with the disastrous incident with Robbie and Scott Speed in the first race," added British team principal John Surtees. "Not just the result but we couldn't get the car back until well after the end of the race and we had very little time for repairs. Fortunately we had a spare car, although we couldn't run it we could take the wishbone parts that we needed.

"But then in the Feature race Robbie avoided trouble in those first laps. Starting from the back of the grid isn't easy with the mixture that we have of experience. He found his way through and the strategy worked. The team did another superb pit stop and it was as good as we could hope.

"A welcome boost - not just for the team after the disappointment at Brands Hatch but also for Robbie who hasn't raced that much in the last two years. This is all bringing him back to where he'll be fully on song."

 

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