McIntosh left frustrated in France
Vancouver, Canada (October 2, 2006) -- Canada's Sean McIntosh endured a frustrating day yesterday at Le Mans, France, Sunday 1st October, as he failed to make the start of Race 2 in Round 8 of the World Series by Renault thanks to a fuel pump failure on the #6 KTR entry on the warm-up lap. Despite failing to make the race, the Vancouver-native's points scoring consistency, including two more markers for his ninth place finish in Race 1 on Saturday, means he retains sixth place in the Driver Standings heading into the final two World Series races in Barcelona at the end of October.
Race 2, Qualifying (Pole -- Tristan Gommendy, 1m41.950s)
A challenging qualifying outing, made worse by the rain, saw McIntosh struggle for grip throughout the timed session. Having posted a top-ten grid slot the day before, this time round McIntosh's best lap on the Bugatti layout at Le Mans, a 1m45.255s, placed him a disappointing eighth fastest in Group B and 15th on the grid for the afternoon's race.
Race 2, 27 Laps (Winner -- Pastor Maldonado, Draco Multiracing USA)
McIntosh failed to make the start of the 27 lap race as a fuel pump failure on his first lap out of the pits put paid to his hopes of adding to his points tally from the previous day's race. Forced to walk back to the pits with his car stranded out on track, the 21-year-old's French weekend concluded earlier than expected.
Sean McIntosh - #6 Team KTR:
"Well it's really disappointing to not even get to start the race. What was more frustrating was the fact that several of the guys who started near the back of the grid ended up with decent finishes thanks to events on-track. It's been a pretty forgettable weekend, we never really had the pace to challenge. At least I'm still holding sixth in the championship and we just have to make sure we have a good weekend to wrap the season in Barcelona."
The World Series by Renault heads to Barcelona, Spain for the season finale, Round 9, 28th -- 29th October.