McIntosh earns 2006 WSR top ranking

McIntosh Earns Autosport Top-Six Ranking For 2006 World Series Campaign Montreal, Canada (January 05, 2007) -- Autosport Magazine, the world's leading weekly motorsport publication, has again recognized the accomplishments of A1 Team Canada's...

McIntosh Earns Autosport Top-Six Ranking For 2006 World Series Campaign

Montreal, Canada (January 05, 2007) -- Autosport Magazine, the world's leading weekly motorsport publication, has again recognized the accomplishments of A1 Team Canada's Sean McIntosh as he climbs the open-wheel racing ladder by ranking him as one of their Top-Six 2006 World Series by Renault Drivers following the 21-year-old's rookie European season.

McIntosh, who raced for the Belgian KTR squad in last year's World Series by Renault (WSR), placed sixth overall in the final championship standings, the top Formula Renault 2.0 graduate from a 30-strong international line-up of talent. Autosport, in their review of the WSR season in the latest edition of the magazine, published Thursday 4th January 2007, placed the Vancouver-native sixth in their guide to the year's movers and shakers in the category.

Pointing out his season-ending pole position in Barcelona as a notable highlight as well as his second-placed podium finish earlier in the year at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps Circuit in Belgium, the Autosport review comments on what was "a very promising season for the Canadian."

"It's always an honor to be recognized for your accomplishments, not least by a publication with the reputation enjoyed by Autosport," Sean stated. "This was my first season racing across Europe with a lot to take onboard as a rookie in a fiercely competitive series. To finish the season sixth overall was satisfying given some of the obstacles we faced and I think it underlined what I had achieved previously in A1GP and in the Formula Renault UK Championship. I'm working on a return to the World Series in 2007 having had such an encouraging debut season and for sure I want a crack at the championship this time round."

McIntosh, Canada's sole open-wheel racing representative in Europe last year, reveled in a season that saw him make his race debuts at such illustrious venues as Monaco, Spa-Francorchamps, Le Mans and the Nurburgring. Stepping up to the 425bhp Formula Renault 3.5-ltr car, Sean netted podium finishes at Spa and Barcelona while capturing a total of ten top-ten finishes and one pole position on his way to sixth overall behind eventual Champion, Comtec Racing's Alx Danielsson, the Swede unsurprisingly taking top-honors in Autosport's Top-Six WSR Driver Ranking.

While he has yet to confirm his plans for the 2007 season, Sean has kept busy since the World Series campaign ended in Spain last October. Returning to familiar ground, Sean has since raced twice for A1 Team Canada in the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. A top-five Feature finish in Malaysia in November was followed by a frustrating run in Indonesia last month where Sean, the defending race champion, was ultimately sidelined by a wayward left-rear tire during the Feature race.

-credit: www.a1teamcan.com

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Series A1GP , Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Sean McIntosh