There was to be no fairytale repeat victory for Sean McIntosh in Sentul last weekend, as the Canadian left empty-handed and Team Canada dropped two positions in the nations' title chase.

Having triumphed at the Indonesian circuit ten months ago during A1GP's inaugural campaign, the outfit entered round five as one of the favourites for success. However, the return meeting marked the first time the squad has failed to score all season, though a top five finish had looked on the cards in the feature race until an errant left rear tyre brought a premature conclusion to McIntosh's charge.

Having taken an oversteer-plagued eighth place from ninth on the grid in the sprint, the World Series by Renault ace was subsequently able to display all his wet weather prowess in the longer feature as torrential rain fell just before the race was due to get underway. Following a delay to allow the monsoon to pass, the Vancouver native steered clear of trouble in the treacherous conditions caused by the spray, while revelling in the improved handling of his 520bhp machine and a clear track ahead following his mandatory pit-stop.

A second stop soon followed as McIntosh pitted for a set of slick tyres to make the most of the drying surface. Upon exiting the pits, though, the 21-year-old hit a puddle and was pitched into a spin. Having recovered to resume his earlier charge and looking odds-on for a potential top-five finish, his race would unfortunately end prematurely on lap 38 when his left rear tyre flew off, forcing him to retire on the spot.

"The team did a great job today but we're leaving Indonesia scoreless this time round," a frustrated McIntosh commented afterwards. "The changes following the sprint worked well on the car and the team made two great pit-stops, but unfortunately events transpired against us with the tyre coming off. It's pretty disappointing as I was making up ground with the potential for a top-five finish and a decent points haul."

Following its failure to score in Sentul, Team Canada now lies eighth in the nations' championship, 26 points adrift of leaders Germany.

 

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