Canada Enjoys Productive Practice in China Friday 13 April, 2007 -- A1 Team Canada enjoyed a solid Friday at the Shanghai International Circuit, China as practice took place ahead of Sunday's tenth, and penultimate, round of the 2006-07 A1GP...
Canada Enjoys Productive Practice in China
Friday 13 April, 2007 -- A1 Team Canada enjoyed a solid Friday at the Shanghai International Circuit, China as practice took place ahead of Sunday's tenth, and penultimate, round of the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.
Kevin Lacroix was first out on track for Canada, the Quebec teenager participating in the morning's 'Rookie-Only' Session on the F1 circuit before handing over to McIntosh for the rest of the weekend. The 2006 Star Mazda Championship runner-up continued to impress in his development and understanding of the 550bhp A1GP car having joined the team back in Round 8 in South Africa.
Clearly relishing his Chinese outing, Lacroix was in the mix throughout the first of two twenty-five minute sessions, the Saint-Eustache racer sitting in the top-four with competitive lap times. Having to run on older tires for the second session Lacroix still proved fast, ending his third A1GP outing in the top-ten for the first time, Canada finishing the morning ninth fastest from the 22 competing nations.
Sean McIntosh returned to action in the afternoon, the 21-year-old driving in A1GP for the first time since December's fifth round in Indonesia. The Coquitlam, B.C. native spent the hour long session familiarizing himself with the track layout and dialing himself back into the car, the former A1GP race winner having missed out on last season's meeting in Shanghai due to his commitments in the World Series by Renault. Making steady progress throughout the session, Sean's 24 laps saw him record a best time of 1m36.675s to end the day 14th overall.
"It's good to be back in the Canadian car," stated McIntosh. "We improved with every run, consistently working on our lap times. The times are pretty close here so I think tomorrow will be left open to those making the most of their new tires. The track here is excellent -- definitely one of the best I've ever driven on and I'm looking forward to the rest of the weekend."
Lacroix was equally impressed by the Shanghai layout commenting, "The track is a very nice, modern F1 circuit and definitely now one of my favorites. I damaged my tires a little in the first session having been in the top four early on. The second session would have been better on new tires but I'm happy and continuing to gain experience with the car."
-credit: team canada