McIntosh captures back-to-back Snetterton victories Snetterton, England (August 07, 2005) -- Sean McIntosh proved to be the class of the field today as the 20-year-old Canadian successfully converted two pole positions into two dominant race ...
McIntosh captures back-to-back Snetterton victories
Snetterton, England (August 07, 2005) -- Sean McIntosh proved to be the class of the field today as the 20-year-old Canadian successfully converted two pole positions into two dominant race victories in Rounds 11 and 12 of the 2005 Formula Renault UK Championship, hosted at Snetterton circuit in Norfolk.
Today's results, Sean's second and third wins of the year, move him up to third overall in the driver standings just two points shy of James Jakes in second and closing in on current leader Oliver Jarvis with dropped scores still to be taken into consideration.
Snetterton heralded the start of the second half of the season and having set the pace in testing there a week earlier Sean was determined to remain the man to beat around the 1.952-mile track. He failed to disappoint as he captured his first career Formula Renault UK pole positions to set himself up perfectly for today's double-header action.
An aborted start marred the beginning of Round 11 earlier this morning, reducing the race distance from 16 to 15-laps. When the field lined-up again Sean's front-row companion, Team JLR's Stephen Simpson, jumped the start to lead the field into the first turn. Sean dropped back to third but he wasn't to be contained for long as he passed Stuart Hall on the outside as the duo gunned down the back straight to close out the first lap.
Although Simpson was ahead on track he would later be penalized for jumping the start with Sean assuming the actual lead of the race despite sitting second. Sean's Team Firstair crew altered him to the fact by posting P1 on his pit-board at the end of the second lap. Knowing the race was his for the taking he remained comfortably ahead of the chasing pack and conserved his tires for Round 12 later in the day.
While Simpson was first to take the checkered flag his impending penalty meant it was Sean who celebrated the victory, his first since Round 2 at Donington Park, followed by Patrick Hogan in second and Stuart Hall in third.
Round 12 saw Sean launch himself from pole to lead into the first turn and a lights-to-flag performance quickly followed. Pumped by his earlier win and with a clear track ahead of him the reigning 'Graduate Cup' Champion went all out for glory in the second race. Reeling off two to three tenths every tour the Vancouver-native continued his pace setting run in the #24 Team Firstair entry.
With the race firmly in his control Sean gradually relaxed the pace in the closing stages and he cruised to win number two to cap an outstanding weekend at Snetterton. James Jakes followed Sean home in second place, the Team AKA racer just edging out McIntosh for the fastest lap of the race, with Stephen Simpson rounding off the podium celebrations in third.
Looking back on a sublime weekend Sean commented:
"I'm really pleased to get back onto the top step of the podium and it's even better to do it twice in the one day. Two poles and two wins, it's a perfect weekend and I really have to thank my team for doing a great job. I knew that we needed to improve our qualifying form if we wanted to score more wins and yesterday's efforts were duly rewarded today. It's a great way to kick off the second half of the year and while we get to enjoy this weekend's results we now have to focus our efforts on the next eight races!"
Exiting Snetterton Britain's Oliver Jarvis leads the fight for the championship on 295 points followed countryman James Jakes on 258 with Sean McIntosh two behind on 256.
Knockhill Circuit in Scotland hosts Rounds 13 and 14 of the Formula Renault UK Championship in three weeks time, 27th-28th August.