Sean McIntosh celebrated his return to A1GP competition with a fifth place finish in the latest round of the season at Sepang.

The Team Canada driver was making his first competitive start of the campaign - and first appearance since winning in Indonesia last season - and secured a points scoring finish in the feature race to help the Canadian squad retain sixth place in the championship standings.

McIntosh was quickly into the swing of the weekend having assumed driving duties in Malaysia from the team's rookie standout James Hinchcliffe. Armed with track experience from last year's A1GP round at Sepang, McIntosh qualified the Canadian entry ninth on the 22-car grid for Sunday's Sprint race, only to be promoted to eighth following the exclusion of South Africa's fastest lap.

Boxed in at the start of the ten-lap sprint race, McIntosh lost position but his pace was sufficient enough to gain it back, passing USA, China and Mexico during the opening laps. Having diced wheel-to-wheel with the Dutch entry for seventh, McIntosh had to settle for eighth place, just two short of a points finish.

Despite his visibility being severely restricted thanks to spray being thrown at him when a wet second race got underway, McIntosh soon started to make his way up the order but as the circuit dried, his pace evened off and he had to settle for fifth at the flag - snaring six points in the process.

"I'm pretty pleased to come back into the team and score a top-five finish," he said. "I didn't want to risk too much in the sprint then at the start of the feature I literally couldn't see anything for the first six laps.

"I got going though, made some moves then the guys delivered for me once again with a great pit-stop. The balance changed after that I had really just had to concentrate on brining it home!"

 

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