In his final race before taking up his World Series by Renault duties, Robbie Kerr secured another podium finish for Great Britain in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport to strengthen third place in the championship standings.

Having qualified in sixth place, Kerr overcame the challenge of wet conditions in the sprint race to secure a fourth place finish before taking to the track again for the feature race.

From fourth, Kerr pitted on lap three for his compulsory stop but the Briton found himself stuck before Portuguese driver Alvaro Parente - allowing Timo Scheider to get ahead as Kerr battled to get past the reigning British F3 champion.

Kerr looked set to settle for another fourth place finish until Nicolas Lapeirre was forced out in the closing stages - giving Kerr his seventh podium finish and giving GB a strong hold on third place going into the final round of the season in China.

"We had a good weekend," Kerr admitted. "Conditions were difficult with the rain in the sprint - every lap was slippy and we took a different line each time with the rivers so I was very pleased to bring it home in fourth position. We weren't sure if it was going to rain again or not for the second race so we went for a middle of the road set-up. We missed out a little bit on the pit stop. I lost time behind Parente in the pit lane but we got out ahead of him. Unfortunately Timo jumped us there which was a shame and then we were running fourth.

"When France went out we inherited third position which is brilliant for the series position; that's what we came here to do - consolidate third. The job's nearly done - 18 points clear of Brazil so now it's Darren [Manning's] job to bring it home in China. I'm really pleased with the way everything's gone and a big thank you to A1 Team GBR and John Surtees, Tony Clements and Wade Cherwayko for giving me this opportunity."

Team principal John Surtees was pleased to see Kerr finish his time in the car with a podium an said he felt confident that Manning will do a good job when he takes over the car in Shanghai.

"Robbie coped extremely well with the conditions in the sprint race and as with the feature race it was a case of trying to take opportunities without endangering car," he said. "In the second race we were held off by a well driven German car and generally considering how practice looked we upped the pace and came away with a good result.

"We very much came here hoping to increase our lead for third place - it would have been nice to compete for first but that has justifiably gone to the French for which they must be complemented on a well run programme. It is a credit to them and made it difficult for the rest of us and we'll be looking to challenge them for victory 2006/7.

"Robbie is not available to drive in China due to testing commitments for a summer programme. That is part of putting us in a better position for the start of the next A1 season to make just that challenge. Darren is coming in to take over the seat and it will be interesting to see how he relates to the car. We're not going there for an experiment. Darren's all fired up and wants to make his mark on A1."

 

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