McIntosh set for World Series finale in Spain
Montreal, Canada (October 24, 2006) -- Canada's Sean McIntosh heads into this weekend's World Series by Renault season finale, hosted at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday 28th -- Sunday 29th October, hoping to end the season on a high and cement his standing as one of the series leading rookies after a closely fought year of racing at some of Europe's premier circuits.
Currently sixth overall in the Driver Standings from a 30-strong field of international talent, McIntosh (21), who races for the Belgian-based Team KTR, heads to Spain for Round 9's double-header event returning to the 4.73km circuit, home of the Spanish Grand Prix, where his World Series campaign kicked off back in March with his first pre-season test outing.
Learning the characteristics of the 425bhp, 3.5-litre Renault-powered World Series car he would race for the season, McIntosh placed himself firmly in the top-ten on that occasion and he returns to the Barcelona circuit armed with a full-season of racing in the #6 Team KTR entry, the highlight of the year to-date a second place podium finish at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium back in July.
Sean, the highest-ranked Formula Renault 2.0-litre graduate in this year's World Series by Renault, endured a mixed bag last time out in Round 8 at Le Mans, France. Adding to his points tally in Race 1 with a ninth place effort, his hopes of a double-score were dashed the following day when a fuel pump fault meant he failed to take the start in Race 2.
Previewing his final World Series by Renault outing Sean commented:
"Barcelona holds certain memories as it was the first place we tested the World Series car this year back in pre-season testing. It's definitely one of the more physical tracks we visit and it's quite testing in terms of finding a working set-up. Tires degrade really quickly around the circuit so the key is to find the sweet spot quickly and make the most of them. I'm looking forward to tackling the track once again as it's pretty satisfying when you get it right. Hopefully we can end the season with a pair of strong finishes and secure a top-six finish in the Driver Standings, a good result for my rookie season!"
Race 1 (19 Laps) from the Circuit de Catalunya, Spain is set to get underway on Saturday, 28th October, at 3:25pm Central European Time (9:25am EST) with Race 2 (26 Laps) held on Sunday, 29th October, at 1pm CET (7am EST).