McIntosh's pace rewarded with sixth place
Istanbul Park, Turkey -- Sean McIntosh, #6 Team KTR, Race 2 -- Qualified: 13th / Finished: 6th (5 points)
Sean McIntosh backed up his maiden World Series by Renault points scoring run to fourth place in yesterday's opener at Istanbul Park with another strong top-ten performance today as the Canadian claimed sixth at the end of the 23-lap Turkish charge.
Race 2, Qualifying (Pole -- Pastor Maldonado, 1m39.530s)
Sean improved his qualifying slot by one position from yesterday's 14th place grid effort but once again the pace in his Formula Renault 3.5 wasn't as competitive expected, his best lap in the session a 1m40.444s around the 5.430km, 13 turn facility. Unable to get the #6 KTR entry to respond as he'd have liked to a new set of Michelin tires, McIntosh's qualifying frustrations were off set by the speed he demonstrated during the previous race.
Race 2, 23 Laps (Winner -- Alvaro Parente, Victory Engineering)
Targeting another top-ten finish McIntosh picked up two spots on the first lap before making his way to tenth prior to his mandatory pit-stop. The team made an early call as soon as the pit-lane was open at the end of lap five and a lightening stop by Sean's KTR crew fired the 21-year-old up into eighth once the 30-strong field had cycled through. From there McIntosh found himself locked in a pack of cars being held up, and blocked, by the slower, damaged car of eventual runner-up Mikhail Aleshin. At one stage Sean leapt to third but unable to secure the position he dropped back to fifth and looked good for the spot until James Rossiter passed him on the final lap, McIntosh collecting five more points to sit 11th in the series.
Sean McIntosh - #6 Team KTR: "I'm really pleased to come away from Turkey with a good points haul. This is such a competitive championship, as we've seen again this weekend, hundredths of a second make a real difference in qualifying and while we struggled a little in that department we showed we had front-running pace in the race."
The World Series by Renault heads to Misano, Italy for Round 4, 15th-16th July.