McIntosh ninth in Le Mans debut
Sean McIntosh collected two more valuable World Series by Renault points today as he came home ninth in his debut on the Bugatti Circuit at Le Mans in France in the first of Round 8's double-header races, with Race 2 following tomorrow. Heading into the weekend, the penultimate meeting in the nine round 2006 World Series by Renault schedule, the 21-year-old Canadian sat sixth overall in the Driver Standings with the rookie racer keen to break into the top-five to round out the season, set to conclude in Barcelona next month.
Race 1, Qualifying (Pole - Alx Danielsson, 1m25.559s)
Following a day to forget in Friday practice, McIntosh was at least thankful of a dry track today in qualifying. Turning laps in what he described as a 'neutral' car, McIntosh was put to the test running on new tires for the first time at the track. Not knowing what to expect from such conditions, having battled the elements the previous day, Sean's best lap time, a 1m26.170s, placed him fifth fastest in his 15-group setting him up for a tenth grid slot for this afternoon's 20-lap race.
Race 1, 20 Laps (Winner - Alx Danielsson, Comtec Racing)
With some light rain greeting the 30-car field as they took to the grid, slippery conditions underneath made for an eventful opening lap with the gravel trap at the first turn proving to be a busy place. McIntosh successfully avoided the mayhem and in particular the spinning car of Steven Kane but succumbed to Alvaro Parente for position. He climbed back into the top-10 when Fukuda spun ahead of him with Parente ahead as the next goal. Having followed the Portuguese driver through to the final lap, McIntosh, piloting the #6 KTR entry, passed him for ninth on the exit from Turn 7 to score two more points at the checkered.
Sean McIntosh - #6 Team KTR:
"I'm disappointed that we've not been able to carry the level of performance in the car from Donington into this race. I wasn't really able to attack here today but we still scored points and I know we're capable of more so hopefully we can work on things for tomorrow's race!"
Race 2 (27 Laps), including a mandatory pit-stop, starts tomorrow at 1pm local time (CET).