Dubai: Team Canada race report

CANADA MAKES DOUBLE POINTS FINISH Sprint race Sean McIntosh's pace and performance had been picking up over the course of the event and the Sprint race was no exception. An excellent start -- with care taken to avoid being squeezed onto the ...

CANADA MAKES DOUBLE POINTS FINISH

Sprint race

Sean McIntosh's pace and performance had been picking up over the course of the event and the Sprint race was no exception. An excellent start -- with care taken to avoid being squeezed onto the sandier parts of the track -- led to a gain in places straight away. From there Sean kept his head and while others perhaps pushed too hard and spun, including the likes of 8 times winners France, he drove the car home to his second best finish of the season to take points to move him back up the championship table.

Sean McIntosh: "I got a really good start -- I got on the inside of the Czech car but I think everyone was on the button and I was concerned about the sand on the inside so I didn't really force the issue on Enge [Czech] and let him go, but I think at least picked up a position or two on the first corner. After that it was a case of holding my pace and keeping up with the guys ahead. At the mid-point I was figuring out what the car was doing, got a handle on that and picked up more pace again. Fifth's a good place to start -- it's on the outside of the track for the standing start and much better to be on the third row than row five."

Feature race

A top-form start was negated by an incident with the Czech car in the early stages of the race. The puncture lost Sean time returning to the pits and afterwards he struggled with the handling of the slightly damaged car. Having dropped out of the points, he got to grips with the car's new characteristics and pushed to gain places to climb back up to a sixth place finish and achieving the team goal of scoring points in both races.

Sean McIntosh: "The start was very good -- I jumped the second row. Indonesia had a good start as well so he was up into third and I was fourth. About five laps in just before the safety car came out I got hit by the Czech car which gave me a puncture and damaged the car a bit. With the puncture it took me about 20 or 30 seconds to get around to the pits. After I went out the car didn't feel that great to be honest. I think something was rubbing the tyre and the wing and suspension weren't right so it was a bit of a handful. I kind of adapted and overtook at least another four guys and got back in the points and we've got 50% more points than we had coming into the weekend. I think we're capable of being higher but I don't think this was one of my strongest circuits of the year. A bit of a break over Christmas will give me chance to recharge my batteries and get refreshed for the six races in 2006."

Action from the weekend can be viewed in Canada on demand from the web on www.a1gp.com. The seventh event in the A1 Grand Prix World Cup of Motorsport takes place on 13th, 14th & 15th January at Sentul, Indonesia

-team canada-

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