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Catalunya: Sean McIntosh race one report

McIntosh in top-five Spanish points haul Barcelona, Spain (October 28, 2006) -- Vancouver's Sean McIntosh steered his ...

McIntosh in top-five Spanish points haul

Barcelona, Spain (October 28, 2006) -- Vancouver's Sean McIntosh steered his #6 KTR entry to a fifth place finish today in the first of two World Series by Renault races this weekend at the home of the Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya, the Spanish track playing host to the World Series' season finale. McIntosh's top-five finish further boosted his chances of solidifying a top-six finish in the Driver Standings in an impressive rookie season by the Canadian racing the 425bhp Formula Renault 3.5-ltr open-wheel challenger, the 21-year-old holding sixth overall heading into tomorrow's final race nine points clear of Italy's Davide Valsechhi (53-42).

Race 1, Qualifying (Pole -- Alx Danielsson (SWE), 1m26.788s)

Sean's performance in this morning's qualifying session, where he posted the fourth fastest time in his 15-car group, with a hot lap of 1m27.435s around the 4.6km track, placed him on the fourth row of the grid for this afternoon's race, McIntosh lining up seventh with Christian Montanari alongside in eighth. Declaring himself relatively pleased with the session, Sean's form was evident straight out of the box in yesterday's collective test, setting the fifth fastest time in the morning followed by the third fastest lap in the second session ahead of KTR team-mate, Great Britain's Robbie Kerr, and behind the Interwetten.Com pairing of Franck Perera and World Series points-leader, Spain's Andy Soucek.

Race 1, 19 Laps (Winner -- Alx Danielsson (SWE), Comtec Racing)

Holding seventh off the line, McIntosh's race was incident-free as he looked to make up lost ground in the points having failed to take the previous start in Le Mans earlier this month thanks to a fuel pump failure. Shadowing a heated battle for fourth place involving Spaniard Borja Garcia and France's Franck Perera, McIntosh climbed to fifth as Garcia abandoned the race with mechanical issues. Sean collected six points at the flag for his fifth place finish with Sweden's Alx Danielsson taking the win ahead of Andy Soucek and Alvaro Parente.

Sean McIntosh - #6 Team KTR:

"This was a hard race physically so I'm pleased to come away with a solid top-five finish and the accompanying points. I think there's more potential for a better finish tomorrow so if I can snatch a top-three in my qualifying group we'll be right up there. Today's result helps my chances of a top-six finish for the year, hopefully tomorrow we can seal the deal!"

-credit: www.ktr.be

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