Kerr to Race First Rounds for GBR

Robbie Kerr has been chosen to start the first four A1 Grand Prix races for Team Great Britain, Autosport-Atlas can exclusively reveal

Kerr to Race First Rounds for GBR

Kerr has been selected over teammate Alex Lloyd to pilot the British entry for the sprint and feature races at the opening rounds at Brands Hatch and the EuroSpeedway, Lausitz.

The sporting regulations for the new World Cup of Motorsport allows the teams to swap drivers between races and qualifying sessions, however John Surtees' team have chosen to use the same driver for the first four races.

Kerr, the 2002 British Formula Three champion, has been given the nod over Lloyd because of his experience he got with the 550bhp A1 GP car when it was in its development stages.

Kerr also has experience of the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit from his F3 days, and recently won a 3000 Pro Series race at the EuroSpeedway, in preparation for A1 GP.

Team boss John Surtees told Autosport-Atlas: "We are initially going to put Robbie in for car for the first two meetings and then see what how the opposition is doing and how our season is going. Robbie has more experience of the first two tracks and slightly longer relationship with the car. His general performance during the official testing was strong."

Surtees said the decision to choose just one driver was made easier by the fact that teams only have one chassis and constantly changing the car's set-up to accommodate more than one driver was unnecessary.

When the team take delivery of their second car it will be set up always for the second driver, allowing a bigger variation on driver strategy during a race weekend.

After the first two races, the Arden International-run team will review the situation, and make a further decision on who will race for the team at the third meeting of the series at Estoril, Portugal.

"Part of the decision of what we do will be governed by when we get our second car and when the testing takes place for the second car," Surtees added.

"We've never promised anyone any number of drives, but we will do whatever is necessary to win."

The team are expected to officially announce the move on Thursday.

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