Team Canada was one of the later squads to be confirmed for the A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport and driver Sean MacIntosh found himself with everything to do on the first ever A1 GP race meeting, but a top ten finish in the Feature race capped off the weekend well.

The squad, with Sean McIntosh on driving duties, was sonewhat on the back foot campared with some of the other squads who had some more time to prepare, but practice running had given cause for optimism with McIntosh posting the sixth fastest time in Friday's second session.

Qualifying on Saturday, however, wasn't to go quite so well with a lowly 21st out of 25 cars the result.

Sunday saw two races, with the first Sprint race started to a rolling start format. In a race without much overtaking and with a car he reckoned was ill-handling, McIntosh kept out of trouble and came home in ninteenth for the 38-lap Feature race.

The stalled car of Team India ahead of him at the standing start for the second race didn't prevent the Team Canada car from making good progress and McIntosh had jumped to thirteenth place by the end of the first lap. He was up to tenth by the next tour, and it was steady progress as the pitstops were made by others.

Team Canada's pit stop didn't score well on timing or exucution. A stuck rear right and then the appearance of the safety car after McIntosh had made his stop meant he had entered the pits from sixth place but returned to the field in thirteenth with it all to do once more.

Fortunately, the car was good on the fresh rubber and McIntosh could fight back to ninth place, a position he held from lap eighteen until the chequered flag.

"This weekend was always going to be a learning experience, especially heading into Friday's practice sessions with just one shakedown test behind us," said MacIntosh at the end of a long weekend. "That said we finished both races and picked up Team Canada's first A1GP
points with a top ten finish."

McIntosh was quick to praise the squad behind him. "The team did a great job all weekend and we now have a platform to work from," he explained. "We know there's work to be done, not least in exploiting the one-lap qualifying format, but for a first attempt and with our lack of testing we can pleased with our performance here at Brands.

"It was a great experience and the atmosphere was electric, the grandstands were packed! There were loads of Canadians here as well which was really cool; the support for the series was awesome."



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