McIntosh storms to first WSR podium at Spa Sean McIntosh, ...
McIntosh storms to first WSR podium at Spa
Sean McIntosh, #6 Team KTR, Race 1 -- Qualified: 7th / Finished: 2nd (12 points)
Canada's Sean McIntosh collected his first World Series by Renault podium finish today with an impressive drive to second place behind Pastor Maldonado at the illustrious Spa- Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. McIntosh overcame both an engine change between qualifying and the start of Race 1 and trecherous track conditions, thanks to an Ardennes downpour, to record his best-finish of the season racing for the Belgian KTR squad.
Race 1, Qualifying (Pole -- Pastor Maldonado, 2m04.058s)
On the pace from the start of yesterday's practice running at the 4.3-mile track, comfortably in the top-ten throughout both sessions, Sean carried his rich vein of form into this morning's qualifying session to set the fourth fastest lap time in Group B, a 2m04.356s, eventually lining up on the grid for this afternoon's race in seventh following Group A's turn. The dry conditions enjoyed for qualifying however wouldn't last through to the race.
Race 1, 15 Laps (Winner -- Pastor Maldonado, Draco Multiracing USA)
Up to sixth from the 30-car field at the end of the first lap Sean then showcased his prowess in the wet by passing Tomas Kostka into the first hairpin to move up into fifth by lap four. An off by Sebastian Vettel at Raidillon followed by Alx Danielsson running over the subsequent debris brought out the safety car on lap five with Sean climbing to third place. At the re-start the 21-year-old Canadian got the run on Andy Soucek for second approaching the daunting Eau Rouge turn, McIntosh making his pass stick to set his sights on Maldonado in the lead.
A second safety car period followed and at the re-start Sean got the jump on the leader but was deemed to have beaten Maldonado to the line prior to the green flag and was forced to surrender the lead back to his rival. From there McIntosh successfully defended second place through to the checkered to stand on the World Series by Renault podium for the first time.
Sean McIntosh - #6 Team KTR: "This is a great result for the whole KTR crew, they did an amazing job to change my engine between qualifying and the race. To be on the podium at a place like Spa is just awesome!"
Race 2 (20 Laps), including a mandatory pit-stop, starts tomorrow at 1:25pm CET.