McIntosh savoring Spa opportunity Montreal, Canada (July 24, 2006) -- Sean McIntosh faces the legendary Spa- Francorchamps circuit this weekend, 28th-29th July, as the fifth round of the 2006 World Series by Renault is hosted at the famed ...
McIntosh savoring Spa opportunity
Montreal, Canada (July 24, 2006) -- Sean McIntosh faces the legendary Spa- Francorchamps circuit this weekend, 28th-29th July, as the fifth round of the 2006 World Series by Renault is hosted at the famed Belgian F1 track. A renowned drivers circuit, complete with the infamous sweeping Eau Rouge turn, the 4.3-mile Spa-Francorchamps marks the second time this season the World Series by Renault visits an F1 circuit following May's support race at the Monaco Grand Prix.
This weekend's double-header also marks the second event to be held in Belgium after the season-opener at Zolder back in April, the second 'home' race for Sean's KTR team. The 21- year-old Canadian is eager to carry the speed demonstrated in the #6 car at the previous round in Italy into this weekend's races to improve upon his 14th place in the points battle.
Enjoying his strongest qualifying sessions of the year last time out in Misano, Sean started sixth in the first race and was looking good for a potential top-five finish when disaster struck from behind in the form of Epsilon Euskadi's Davide Valsecchi with just three laps remaining.
The Italian's wild attempt at a pass, smashing into the back of Sean's car and forcing both out on the spot, denied Sean a third-straight top-six finish and with the subsequent exclusion of race-winner Pastor Maldonado a potential top-five finish! Another strong qualifying session, taking seventh on the grid for Race 2, followed but a spin early in the race cost McIntosh valuable points-scoring positions. He recovered however and successfully passed for position, virtually impossible on the tight confines of Misano, to claim the final point taking the checkered flag in tenth from the thirty-strong international line-up.
Savoring the challenge of competing at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend Sean commented: "There's no doubt that Spa's a great circuit and I'm really looking forward to getting out on track. It's the complete opposite of Misano with its wide layout and high-speed straights. The circuit has real character not to mention elevation, Eau Rouge being a great example. We improved our set-up at Misano, we were quick but just unlucky not to score more points. We'll keep it simple again this weekend, build on our pace and go for two strong finishes!"
The action from Spa kicks off on Friday, 28th July, with both Race 1 and Race 2 qualifying sessions held before Race 1 (15 Laps) gets underway at 5:25pm CET. Race 2 (20 Laps), complete with mandatory pit-stop, is scheduled for Saturday, 29th July, at 1:25pm CET.