Britain Top the Times at Silverstone

Great Britain showed they are going to be a force to be reckoned with in the new A1 GP series by topping the timesheets at the end of the series' maiden test session at Silverstone

Britain Top the Times at Silverstone

British driver Robbie Kerr drove the 550bhp A1 GP car around the circuit's National layout in 48.888 seconds, just piping the Brazilian entry driven by GP2's Nelson Piquet Jr by 0.181 seconds.

"We can go quicker," Kerr told Autosport-Atlas. "There is time left in the car and getting a good balance in the car but today was just to see how it works. It is just good to get back in a car after being away for so long.

"We only used our new tyres late in the day. Everyone thinks there is more time to be had tomorrow."

A1 Team Switzerland's car, driven by Neil Jani, finished third, ahead of France with Loic Duval and Alexandre Premat sharing the driving.

Fifteen teams completed laps with the only major problem for the first test being that cars had to line up at the exit of the pitlane because organisers only had one external starter.

Chinese driver Qing Hua Ma caused the only red flag of the day, after he spun having damaged a tyre by going over kerbs at Luffield.

The test at Silverstone continues tomorrow, with IRL driver Tomas Scheckter flying in to join the South African team.

 Morning Afternoon Pos Country Time Laps Time Laps 1. Great Britain 52.733 4 48.888 57 2. Brazil 49.937 30 49.069 + 0.181 67 3. Switzerland 0 49.095 + 0.207 35 4. France 50.502 11 49.271 + 0.383 41 5. Portugal 51.350 9 49.393 + 0.505 68 6. Pakistan 52.538 7 49.506 + 0.618 34 7. Malaysia 0 49.634 + 0.746 40 8. USA 53.287 6 49.740 + 0.852 48 9. South Africa 51.205 17 49.864 + 0.976 42 10. Lebanon 53.753 4 49.976 + 1.088 58 11. Australia 55.370 6 50.066 + 1.178 52 12. Mexico 51.177 13 50.265 + 1.377 44 13. Netherlands 0 50.377 + 1.489 28 14. New Zealand 53.663 5 50.610 + 1.722 59 15. China 0 55.783 + 6.895 22 Running Drivers in today's testing: Great Britain Robbie Kerr, Alex Lloyd Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr., Danilo Dirani, Joao Paulo Oliveiria Switzerland Neel Jani France Loic Duval, Alexandre Premat, Nicolas Lapierre Portugal Pedro Lamy Pakistan Adam Kahn Malaysia Alex Yoong USA Jeff Simmons South Africa Stephen Simpson, Thomas Scheckter Lebanon Kalil Beschir, Basil Shaaban Australia Christian Jones Mexico Luis Diaz, Memo Rojas, David Martinez, Salvador Duran Netherlands Jos Verstappen, Jeroen Bleekemolen New Zealand Jonny Reid, Matt Halliday China Qing Hua Ma, Tingyi Jiang

Note: A1 GP did not release the identity of the driver setting the fastest time for each team

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