Robbie Kerr

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Robert Kerr
Kerr robbie.JPG
Kerr in 2007
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born (1979-09-26) September 26, 1979 (age 35)
High Wycombe (United Kingdom)
Previous series
200102
2003
2004
2006
2005-2009
British Formula Three
Formula Renault V6 Eurocup
Formula 3000
Formula Renault 3.5
A1 Grand Prix
Championship titles
2002 British Formula Three Championship
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 2007
Teams France Barazi-Epsilon
Best finish 2nd (2007)

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

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Kerr after crashing out of an F3 race at 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[edit]

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 Mazda Raceway 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[edit]

For the 2006 season, Kerr joined Sean McIntosh in the KTR team racing in the 2006 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season. Success was limited during the season with a best finish of 4th, then a fastest lap in the final round, resulting in a 17th finish in the overall standing.

Recent drives[edit]

Since the solitary season of Formula Renault, Kerr has driven only sporadically and across different series. He had several sportscar outings in 2008 and 2009, a guest drive at the Silverstone round of the Porsche Carrera Cup in 2010 and a season of the Speed Euroseries in 2011. Kerr returned to sportscars in 2012 and 2013 picking up some drives in the FIA World Endurance Championship with a 2nd place in the LMP2 class at Interlagos.[1]

Racing record[edit]

Complete International Formula 3000 results[edit]

(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
2003 Den Blå Avis IMO
DNS
CAT
A1R
MON
NUR
MAG
SIL
HOC
HUN
MNZ
NC 0

Complete A1 Grand Prix results[edit]

(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 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2005–06 Great Britain GBR
SPR

5
GBR
FEA

Ret
GER
SPR

Ret
GER
FEA

2
POR
SPR

Ret
POR
FEA

12
AUS
SPR

5
AUS
FEA

2
MYS
SPR

3
MYS
FEA

Ret
UAE
SPR

9
UAE
FEA

2
RSA
SPR

2
RSA
FEA

Ret
IDN
SPR

2
IDN
FEA

10
MEX
SPR

11
MEX
FEA

6
USA
SPR

4
USA
FEA

3
CHN
SPR

CHN
FEA

3rd 97
2006–07 NED
SPR

NED
FEA

CZE
SPR

9
CZE
FEA

6
BEI
SPR

BEI
FEA

MYS
SPR

5
MYS
FEA

2
IDN
SPR

3
IDN
FEA

Ret
NZL
SPR

8
NZL
FEA

Ret
AUS
SPR

19
AUS
FEA

10
RSA
SPR

9
RSA
FEA

2
MEX
SPR

MEX
FEA

SHA
SPR

1
SHA
FEA

2
GBR
SPR

1
GBR
SPR

2
3rd 92
2007–08 NED
SPR

NED
FEA

CZE
SPR

2
CZE
FEA

17
MYS
SPR

MYS
FEA

ZHU
SPR

ZHU
FEA

NZL
SPR

Ret
NZL
FEA

Ret
AUS
SPR

16
AUS
FEA

3
RSA
SPR

RSA
FEA

MEX
SPR

MEX
FEA

SHA
SPR

9
SHA
FEA

9
GBR
SPR

1
GBR
SPR

2
3rd 126

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2007 France Barazi-Epsilon
United Kingdom Zytek Engineering
Mexico Adrian Fernández
Japan Karuki Kurosawa
Zytek 07S/2 LMP2 301 27th 2nd

External links[edit]

References[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Takuma Sato
Autosport
National Racing Driver of the Year

2002
Succeeded by
Nelson Piquet, Jr.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Marc Hynes
British Formula Renault Drivers'
Champion

1998
Succeeded by
Antônio Pizzonia
Preceded by
Takuma Sato
British Formula Three
Champion

2002
Succeeded by
Alan van der Merwe