With its challenging layout and unforgiving walls, the South African round of the A1 Grand Prix Championship around the streets of Durban always promised an exciting cocktail of action and bravery.

For Team Great Britain though, the weekend was perhaps not as prosperous as they would have liked, despite scoring a podium in the sprint race.

Having started the race in second place, Robbie Kerr made an opportunistic lunge at the leading French entry of Alexandre Premat on the first lap, dropping to fourth behind Jos Verstappen in the Team Holland car and Czech Republic's Tomas Enge.

However, while Kerr remained in fourth for the majority of the race, the latter laps of the race saw him jump up to second place by the chequered flag, thanks to a over ambitious bid for the win by Verstappen, who spun down to 16th place, while Enge picked up a puncture when running over debris from a crash by Team China.

The result meant another front row start for Kerr, with the France out in front yet again. However, it was Neel Jani in the Team Switzerland car that got the best start from third on the grid, leapfrogging the pair to get into the lead.

From there Kerr was following France as the pit stops started. However, when Kerr got the call from the team to take his pit stop, the dip in Team GBR's rollercoaster ride started. An error in the release of his car from the pits resulted in it catching an air gun and line which after a lap was still lodged under the car and a second stop was needed to release it.

The under-tray of the car had sustained damage and affected the stability of the car so when he braked he skidded, stalled, thus ending his race and preventing him from what potentially could have been another strong podium.

Nevertheless, his second place means Team GBR remain fourth in the championship, although they are just five points of the third placed Team Brazil now.

 

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