UK 2000: Sean McIntosh Oulton Park preview

McIntosh eager to repeat Oulton success Vancouver, Canada (June 16, 2005) -- Back in the United Kingdom following a successful trip to the Canadian Grand Prix last weekend, Sean McIntosh's attentions switch from Formula One to the 2005 ...

McIntosh eager to repeat Oulton success

Vancouver, Canada (June 16, 2005) -- Back in the United Kingdom following a successful trip to the Canadian Grand Prix last weekend, Sean McIntosh's attentions switch from Formula One to the 2005 Formula Renault UK Championship and in particular this weekend's double-header at Oulton Park, 18th-19th June.

The 2.22-mile Island layout played host to Sean's first ever Formula Renault UK win at the corresponding meeting last season, catapulting the Vancouver native firmly into the lead of the 'Graduate Cup' Championship for rookie drivers. McIntosh's victory was impressive, not least as it came in just his seventh start of the year, his first season competing in Europe, but also because it was the first time he had raced at the sweeping Cheshire circuit.

Returning to Oulton Park this weekend, Sean's keen to repeat his previous successes at the track and boost his 2005 title ambitions. Currently sitting fourth in the Formula Renault UK standings following outings at Donington, where he stormed to victory in Round 2, Thruxton and Brands Hatch, McIntosh's consistency steering the #24 Team Firstair entry has kept him in the fight with three fourth place finishes from the last four starts.

The 20-year-old has proved to be equally consistent with his qualifying form. Already with a front-row start to his credit at Donington Park, Sean's failed to qualify outside the top five this season and with overtaking always an issue at Oulton Park, this weekend's grid spots will prove to be no less important to the young Canadian charger.

Happy to be returning to Oulton Park Sean enthused:

"I'm really excited to be going back to Oulton. Winning a race in the UK in my rookie season last year was a special event and I have happy memories of competing at Oulton. As a track it's up there with Donington Park as one of my favorites. It's a real racers circuit with lots of turns and very little time to rest. There are only two real overtaking opportunities so I'm sure there'll be lots of dog fights throughout the order. I'm confident we can run up at the front and I'd be ecstatic to return to the podium and keep our momentum going."

This weekend's 13-lap races are split between Saturday and Sunday. Round 7, subject to schedule, gets underway on Saturday at 5:40pm GMT, with Round 8 set for Sunday afternoon at 4:10pm GMT.

-www.seanmcintosh.com

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