South Africa Sean McIntosh secured A1 Team Canada's eighth top-ten grid slot of the season today as qualifying concluded for Round 7 of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations in Durban, South Africa. The 20-year-old's fastest two laps round the 3.2km ...
South Africa Sean McIntosh secured A1 Team Canada's eighth top-ten grid slot of the season today as qualifying concluded for Round 7 of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations in Durban, South Africa.
The 20-year-old's fastest two laps round the 3.2km temporary street course formed an aggregate time of 2m38.996s to place the Canadian entry ninth on the grid for tomorrow's 15-lap Sprint race. Track conditions today were dramatically different as brilliant sunshine replaced the rains that marred yesterday's practice sessions.
Eighth fastest after this morning's practice, McIntosh used the same tires to record his first qualifying run this afternoon and gain a feel for the circuit. With fresh Cooper tires on for his second run he recorded his fastest lap of 1m19.349s to sit fifth overall. He then set a lap of 1m19.647s on his third run but was ultimately denied the opportunity to bang out another flier in the fourth and final session having been forced to take avoiding action on track courtesy of the slowing A1 Team Lebanon entry.
As a result A1 Team Canada sits ninth on the Sprint grid with A1 Grand Prix Series points leader A1 Team France capturing pole position.
Sean McIntosh: "If everything had gone to plan I'd like to think we'd be sitting higher up the grid but I couldn't set my final time in the fourth session which definitely hurt our chances of improving our position. We're still not sure what the weather's going to do tomorrow but the key to the Sprint race will be to get through the first corner without incident. It's a tight squeeze so it could be interesting!"