The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport will make its first visit to an active Formula One circuit this weekend as the series heads to the Sepang circuit in Malaysia for the fifth round of the season.

Having walked the 5.54km circuit in preparation for the weekends racing, Team Canada driver Sean McIntosh said he was exited at the prospect of competing on an F1 circuit and admitted he could wait to see how the 520bhp machine handles the Sepang venue.

"Sepang is an awesome facility," the 20-year-old said. "It was built for Formula One and it shows! It has a bit of everything to test both car and driver. It's a fairly wide track, which should be good for overtaking, and there's a nice blend of slow speed corners and high speed straights. I can't wait to get out there and see how the A1 car performs."

Sunday's double-header in Malaysia is set to present an additional challenge for McIntish and the rest of the 25-strong field, with the heat and humidity of known to test even the fittest of athletes.

"We've been told we can expect temperatures in the range of 38C and 100 per cent humidity," McIntosh said. "For sure that's going to make Sunday's hour-long Feature race seem even longer but I'm happy with my fitness and I'll be making sure I drink plenty of water over the course of the weekend."

The previous A1 outing, at Eastern Creek in Australia, proved to be a mixed bag for McIntosh as he secured Team Canada's fifth top-ten finish of the season in the Sprint race before being denied another points-scoring run in the Feature race thanks to a suspension failure.

"We showed we had the pace in Australia," he reflected. "We were unfortunate not to come away with two top-ten finishes but it just makes me even more determined to pull out two strong qualifying laps and two strong race results here in Malaysia. The team's really coming together now and we had a great week together in Australia after the race. We need to keep our focus on qualifying to give ourselves a decent shot in Sunday's races. I'm fired up for this weekend and can't wait to race on the same turf as Formula One."

 

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