Only two weeks after the last race of the British F3 International Series and on the car’s first test since the Donington finale, Litespeed F3 has already found a marked improvement on track performance. Spending two days at Snetterton this week has seen the car a mere whisker away from the pace of Series front runner, Carlin. Asked about this major breakthrough, Steve Kenchington, Litespeed’s Technical Director attributed it to ‘the team’s hard work and Robbie Kerr’s technical feedback’.

With a hugely successful 17-year career behind him to date, Robbie Kerr is considered to be one of the most experienced and ‘technically savvy’ British racing drivers on the international stage. A multiple A1GP race winner, the most capped driver for A1 Team Great Britain, a podium finisher at Le Mans 24 hours, Robbie was also the ‘landslide’ winner of the 2002 British F3 International Series.

Kenchington, delighted with Kerr’s first outing in the R1, said, ‘we have always maintained that we mean business, so we sought the best of the best to support our continuing development programme. Robbie’s technical feedback was unprecedented and his lap times re-confirmed our belief in the car’s potential.’

‘It has always been our intention to challenge the stronghold that Dallara has on British F3. To be close ‘on the pace’ with Carlin’s Dallaras, which were also testing at Snetterton, has shown us that we are heading in the right direction. Of course there is work to be done before next season, but with every test our knowledge base of the car’s operation is increasing and with a full winter’s testing programme and wind tunnel work to be completed, the 2009 Series is looking extremely interesting.’

Kerr has committed to the progression of the R1 chassis throughout the winter and the team are keen to have him ‘on board’ in 2009 for the development of their International car. 

Two weeks down, moving ever closer to front running pace and with 5 months to go before the start of the season, Litespeed F3 remains a team to watch.