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Robbie Kerr : biography

26 September 1979 -

Robert "Robbie" Kerr (born 26 September 1979 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire) is a British race car driver from England.

Career

Early career

Castle Combe in 2002.]] In 2002 he became the British Formula Three Champion for Alan Docking Racing with 306 points ahead of Australian racing driver James Courtney.

Following an abortive attempt at International Formula 3000 in 2003, Kerr did not race again until 2004 when he raced in the Formula Renault V6 Eurocup. At the opening round at Monza Kerr had earned pole position but mechanical problems forced him out. He eventually won a race at the last race of the season in Valencia. He had not led the race until he took the lead on the last lap.

Kerr has also raced in the Le Mans Endurance Series. In one of the most impressive debuts the series has seen he raced at Silverstone in a Zytek 04S P1 and was partnered by American Chris Dyson. He took pole position from the Audi R8s of Allan McNish and Johnny Herbert by more than 1.6 seconds. Kerr eventually finished 4th but set the fastest lap of the race.

A1 Grand Prix

In 2005 Kerr became the lead driver for A1 Team Great Britain, partner to Alex Lloyd. Robbie raced in the 2005–06 rounds except the season finale in China, and came close to winning on several occasions. At the feature race at the inaugural round at Brands Hatch after a successful pitstop he was in the lead ahead of A1 Team Brazil until the battery failed in his car.

At Dubai Autodrome he had the lead for most of the feature race until he was passed by A1 Team France's Nicolas Lapierre. Kerr performed well in the next round on the Durban street circuit, South Africa, where he finished second in the sprint race, and held the lead briefly in the early stages of the feature race, only for a pipe to get lodged underneath the car in his pit stop, he came in again on the next lap to get it removed but damage to the floor of the car led to Kerr's retirement.

He then took A1 Team Great Britain's first ever A1 Grand Prix pole position in the next round in Indonesia, but he lost out in the races, failing to turn those pole positions into a win, and in Mexico he struggled in qualifying, ended up down the order in unfamiliar territory, and just missing out on the points in the sprint race in 11th, but improving in the feature race to 6th position. At Laguna Seca Kerr raced his last two races for A1 Team Great Britain in the season. In a rain-sodden sprint race Kerr finished 4th behind Mexico, France and Portugal. In the feature race he finished 3rd behind Mexico and A1 Team Germany. Kerr did not race at Shanghai in order to prepare for the 2006 World Series by Renault, and his place was taken by Indy Racing League driver Darren Manning.

The following season, Kerr returned to Team GBR for A1GP, though his World Series by Renault commitments (see below) prevented him from making the first round of the season at Zandvoort. He was again replaced by Manning. For this whole season, Kerr will be supported by Manning and young British Formula Three star Oliver Jarvis.

Formula Renault 3.5

For the 2006 season, Robbie joined Sean McIntosh in the KTR team racing in the 2006 Formula Renault 3.5 Series.

Racing record

Complete International Formula 3000 results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap.)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
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Complete A1 Grand Prix results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

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