After taking his first pole position in the A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Team GBR driver Robbie Kerr reckons it was the safety car deployment in the second race of the day which cost the driver the chance of his first victory.

Kerr set an aggregate time in qualifying some two tenths faster than France's Nicholas Lapierre, but the Frenchman was able to displace Kerr in the day's shorter Sprint race on the second lap and disappear off into the distance.

For the longer Feature race Team GBR played a gamble with the weather and safety cars, one that ultimately did not work to the favour of Kerr. A late call to pit after the first safety car was deployed meant that the Brit could not gain an early advantage.

With the first opportunity missed, the Arden squad who run the British team banked on the gathering rain clouds as offering the ideal opportunity for a pit stop, and move to wet tyres. Alas, for Great Britain's hopes it was not to be.

"The safety car cost us," says Kerr. "We were comfortably in the lead, but we just got it wrong with the safety cars. Obviously it is extremely disappointing, having been at the front all weekend, but I am happy with my performance, and it is just one of those things."

Looking on, team principal John Surtees rued the missed opportunity. "It was a great shame that the British team did not capitalise on Robbie's sterling performance in the qualifying sessions and the sprint race, and that the strategy which they followed from the pit side did not work out," the car and bike world champion mused.

Kerr just reckoned it would had been a very different result if the precipitation had come. "If it had rained, we would have been laughing."

 

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