McIntosh refreshed and ready for Portugal Vancouver, Canada (October 18, 2005) -- Following a well deserved weekend off, Vancouver's Sean McIntosh heads to the Portuguese circuit of Estoril tomorrow for the third round of the A1 Grand Prix...
McIntosh refreshed and ready for Portugal
Vancouver, Canada (October 18, 2005) -- Following a well deserved weekend off, Vancouver's Sean McIntosh heads to the Portuguese circuit of Estoril tomorrow for the third round of the A1 Grand Prix Series, held this weekend, 21st-23rd October.
With his opportunity to race for Team Canada in A1GP overlapping the end of his 2005 Formula Renault UK campaign, Sean's recent schedule consisted of five consecutive race weekends. The 20-year-old took it all in his stride, wrapping up the Vice-Champion position in the Renault Series while powering Team Canada to their first A1GP podium two weeks ago at Germany's EuroSpeedway.
Compared with no previous experience in Germany, Sean arrives in Portugal having at least been introduced to the 4.36km Estoril track while completing approximately 30 laps during an F3 test earlier this month. Coupled with two extra practice sessions this weekend, for the shaking down of each team's second Lola-Zytek chassis, Sean is looking forward to continuing his rapid progress in learning the car and furthering his ability to add to Team Canada's points tally.
Previewing this weekend's Portuguese challenge Sean commented:
"Even though I haven't driven a lot of laps there, I really like Estoril! There's a bit of everything on the track and as a driver it keeps you on your toes because it's a busy lap, there's no opportunity to rest as you power round. Although I'm familiar with the track I'm looking forward to the extra practice sessions allowed for shaking down the new chassis. Our late start means we're still behind most of the other teams in terms of testing, but I believe our result in Germany proved we're quick learners.
"That said, while expectations have been raised we need to keep developing our understanding of the car and improving our overall performance as a team. Our next task is to find the sweet spot in the car for the one-lap qualifying format. We're aiming for the top six this weekend as that would give us a real advantage for the sprint race."
Team Canada sits eighth overall in the points following the opening two rounds.