McIntosh tops testing on Donington return Vancouver, Canada (September 07, 2005) -- With four wins and three pole positions from the previous four starts, Canada's Sean McIntosh heads to Donington Park, Leicestershire for Rounds 15 and 16 of the...
McIntosh tops testing on Donington return
Vancouver, Canada (September 07, 2005) -- With four wins and three pole positions from the previous four starts, Canada's Sean McIntosh heads to Donington Park, Leicestershire for Rounds 15 and 16 of the 2005 Formula Renault UK Championship this weekend, 10th-11th September, focused on maintaining his current form behind the wheel of the #24 Team Firstair entry.
The 20-year-old Vancouver-native collected the first of his five wins this season on the 1.95-mile National Circuit at Donington Park back in April in only the second round of this year's Formula Renault UK Championship. This weekend's double-header sees the action switch to the 2.5-mile Grand Prix Circuit, the layout made famous by Ayrton Senna's masterful performance in the wet at the European Grand Prix in 1993.
Collecting wins in both the wet and the dry at Snetteron and Knockhill in August, Sean's front-running pace from his four consecutive victories carried over into today's official pre-race test session at Donington Park.
With just four hours of testing allocated prior to Saturday's qualifying sessions, Sean once again topped the timesheets with a flying lap of 1m30.374s. In doing so the reigning 'Graduate Cup' Champion squeezed out current points leader Oliver Jarvis for the fastest lap, the British racer just nine points ahead of Sean in the title battle (329-320) before dropped scores are taken into consideration.
Reflecting on today's test and looking ahead to Sunday's races Sean remarked:
"I'm quite pleased with today's test result. The Grand Prix circuit adds a technical element to the more flowing National layout, with three hard braking zones where it could be easy to lose time if you're not concentrating. We've been really consistent since the start of August and if we want to keep winning races then we have to keep qualifying on the front-row! I'm really taking everything one race at a time but obviously I'm looking to score more points from the weekend than Oliver Jarvis and James Jakes. It's a tight battle at the top!"
Rounds 15 and 16 of the Formula Renault UK Championship on Sunday, both 12-lap sprints, form part of a bumper Renault package supporting the headlining World Series by Renault Championship -- the 3.5-litre open-wheel series taking in its only visit to the United Kingdom with 150,000 tickets allocated for the weekend.