McIntosh straps in for sophomore season Vancouver, Canada (March.02, 2005) -- With the motorsport world gradually awakening from its winter hiatus, not least with the return of Formula One action this weekend in Australia, one young driver ...
McIntosh straps in for sophomore season
Vancouver, Canada (March.02, 2005) -- With the motorsport world gradually awakening from its winter hiatus, not least with the return of Formula One action this weekend in Australia, one young driver in particular has been hard at work preparing for a 2005 championship charge!
Canada's Sean McIntosh, the reigning Formula Renault UK 'Graduate Cup' Champion, enjoyed a productive February reuniting with Team Firstair in pre-season testing ahead of his bid to capture full series honors in 2005. Sean's sophomore season in the UK kicked off early last month with a test at Donington Park, a happy hunting ground for the 19-year-old Vancouver native with a double-podium at the East Midlands circuit rounding off his rookie campaign last September.
Suitably reacquainted with his Formula Renault car, Sean and the team headed to warmer climates the following week for a test at Spain's Guadix circuit. Teamed with a new race engineer and mechanic in 2005, Chris Gorne and Andy Parker respectively, Sean's time in Spain forged productive relationships while testing the Canadian's winter fitness regime as he completed 1200 kilometers over the three days.
A return to the UK saw Sean test back-to-back at Donington and Thruxton before last week's scheduled test at Silverstone was cancelled thanks to a snow storm engulfing much of the country. Pleased with his return to action McIntosh reflected on a busy February:
"Needless to say it was great to get back behind the wheel of a race car following what seemed like a long winter! It didn't take me long to get back up to speed and, as always, Team Firstair continue to do a fantastic job. I'm really pleased with how quickly Chris Gorne and I have forged a relationship. We're working very well together, he's confident in my feedback and together we've already improved certain aspects of the car.
"March sees the start of official Formula Renault UK testing! Not only do we get to test against our competition we also get the track to ourselves. I'm particularly looking forward to this because on general test days you're constantly passing a variety of cars from other championships! It'll be good to work on the new Michelin tire being introduced this year. I'm confident Chris and I will quickly find a way to match the car to the tire and prepare for the season ahead!"
Donington Park hosts the opening two rounds of the 2005 Formula Renault UK Championship, 9th-10th April -- www.renaultsport.co.uk