Sean McIntosh admits he was left somewhat disappointed by his first qualifying session with A1 Team Canada since last season's Sentul round of the A1 Grand Prix Championship, but admitted eighth at Sepang was certainly a better effort than the 22nd he managed in qualifying last time out around the Malaysian circuit.

Earning the chance to replace the quick, if erratic, James Hinchcliffe in the car thanks to his prior experience of the circuit, World Series podium winner McIntosh had struggled outside the top ten in practice, but made the most of the better conditions in the first half of qualifying to score his best laps in the first two qualifying sessions.

Sitting back in the slower third and fourth sessions, McIntosh was classified in a respectable ninth place, a position that now becomes eighth following South Africa's penalty.

However, while McIntosh was able to uphold Canada's run of top ten starts this season, he was nonetheless frustrated that his comeback with the team did not result in anything higher.

"The car certainly had pace today,' he said prior to moving up a spot to eighth. "I didn't get the best from my first set of tyres but the second run was more promising. The track had warmed up by the third outing and I probably pushed a little too hard.

"I didn't come here to qualify ninth, I wanted to be higher than that on my return with the team but compared to last season's start position at Sepang it's a definite improvement!"



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