Qualifying fuel error costs McIntosh Following his fifth place performance yesterday, Canada's Sean McIntosh had hoped to challenge for victory today at Donington but a costly error, his car being short-fuelled in qualifying, saw the...
Qualifying fuel error costs McIntosh
Following his fifth place performance yesterday, Canada's Sean McIntosh had hoped to challenge for victory today at Donington but a costly error, his car being short-fuelled in qualifying, saw the 21-year-old Team KTR driver lose a potential pole position forcing him to start the 29-lap race dead last in 29th. A 13th place finish proved to be the end result with the question of what might have been left hanging as Sean set the second fastest lap of the race.
Race 2, Qualifying (Pole -- Alx Danielsson, 1m18.069s)
Having lost his second-row grid slot the previous day, McIntosh was at least confident of similar performance levels having been a pace-setter throughout the weekend. Already with a time good for fourth on the grid, the Canadian's final qualifying run saw him fastest through the first two sectors looking assured of his first pole position only for his car to run out of fuel at the final chicane. Sean was then stripped of his fastest time, a 1m18.928s, as regulations state that three litres of fuel have to be pumped from each car following qualifying while just one litre was extracted from the #6 KTR entry -- the team miscalucating McIntosh's fuel load prior to the session.
Race 2, 29 Laps (Winner -- Alx Danielsson, Comtec Racing)
Charged with the task of trying to salvage something from a deeply disappointing day, Sean rocketed through the backmarkers at the start of the race. Setting lap times faster than the leading pack, he picked his way through the field, made a clean pit-stop, but limited by the length of the race he climbed to 13th at the checkered posting the second fastest lap time.
Sean McIntosh - #6 Team KTR:
"Unfortunately the fuel error cost us big time today! We basically threw away pole position and a chunk of points which is frustrating as we again had a great car for the race but when you start so far back there's only so much you can do given the nature of these races!"
The World Series by Renault now heads to Le Mans, France for Round 8, 30th September -- 1st October.