Briton Kerr clinches pole for Indon A1 GP


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  • Sunday, 12 Feb 2006

JAKARTA: Britain's Robbie Kerr took pole position for today's sprint race of the eighth round of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations. 

Kerr finished with an aggregate time of 2:34.257 yesterday to edge out Nicolas Lapierre of France with 2.34.477 at the 4km Sentul race track on the outskirts of Jakarta. Mexico's Salvador Duran was third with 2:34.554 after the four races. 

“I started on old tyres to learn a bit more about the circuit, and then we had two new sets of tyres for the rest of qualifying which was fantastic,'' Kerr said. “We made a slight change for the third session which was fantastic and again for the fourth session, even though it was damp.'' 

Lapierre, who won the German, Australian and United Arab Emirates GPs, made a rare mistake in his first qualifying session spinning off into the gravel. 

“It was not my best lap ever,'' he said. “I could have easily have hit the wall but some days are good and today I managed to miss it. So from then I needed to put in a few safe laps. “ 

A total of 23 countries are taking part in the A1 GP. 

The A1 GP qualifying format includes four 15-minute sessions, divided by 10-minute breaks. Drivers are limited to three laps per session. The driver's aggregate time determines their starting position on the grid. – AP.  

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