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Istanbul: Sean McIntosh race one report

Sean McIntosh opened his World Series by Renault points account today with a skillful drive to fourth place in Race 1 of the weekend's double-header event at the 5.430km Istanbul Park Circuit in Turkey, the 21-year-old Canadian, racing for the ...

Sean McIntosh opened his World Series by Renault points account today with a skillful drive to fourth place in Race 1 of the weekend's double-header event at the 5.430km Istanbul Park Circuit in Turkey, the 21-year-old Canadian, racing for the Belgian Team KTR squad, collecting eight championship points for his efforts.

Race 1, Qualifying (Pole -- Andy Soucek, 1m39.874s) Having comfortably been amongst the front-runners in Friday testing, Sean's qualifying run proved to be a less productive affair with the set-up of the car a little too aggressive in chasing down those extra tenths of a second. Running in the second of the two twenty-minute qualifying sessions this morning, McIntosh ended up posting the seventh fastest lap time from his group with a 1m40.794s, good enough for 14th on the grid but a red flag half-way through the session disrupted proceedings and a potential hot lap from Sean.

Race 1, 17 Laps (Winner -- Andy Soucek, Interwetten Racing) From his seventh row grid slot McIntosh successfully steered clear of incident as mayhem reigned at the first of Istanbul Park's 13 turns. Six turns into the opening lap and the Canadian racer was up to eighth place and looking strong. Sean kept his cool despite the 30c degree heat but the same couldn't be said of some of his on-track rivals. Reveling in his most competitive World Series outing to-date, Sean capitalized on the mistakes of others while fighting his own battles. Having climbed to fifth McIntosh hounded Enrico Toccacelo for fourth and on lap 11 the Italian succumbed to the pressure and ran wide at the first turn allowing Sean to seize the position which he defended held all the way to the checkered. Sean McIntosh - #6 Team KTR: "It's great to finally score some points and be up there finishing where we belong.

The balance of the car was great, it lasted the full race distance and I set the fourth fastest race lap which was a bit of a turn around from the frustration of qualifying. We're not going to risk too much for tomorrow but we'll focus on qualifying higher then aim for a podium." Race 2 (23 Laps), including a mandatory pit-stop, starts tomorrow at 1pm EET.

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