Sean McIntosh has picked up the eighth top-ten grid slot of the season for Team Canada after qualifying ninth for the South African round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.

Eighth fastest after the morning practice session, McIntosh used the same tyres to record his first qualifying run in the afternoon and gain a feel for the circuit and then moved up to fifth place when he switched to fresh tyres on for his second run to go fifth overall.

McIntosh then set a lap of 1min 19.647secs on his third run but was ultimately denied the opportunity to set another hot lap in the fourth and final session because of a series of red flags.

As a result, McIntosh will start ninth although he admitted it could have been higher.

"If everything had gone to plan I'd like to think we'd be sitting higher up the grid but I couldn't set my final time in the fourth session which definitely hurt our chances of improving our position," he said. "We're still not sure what the weather's going to do tomorrow but the key to the sprint race will be to get through the first corner without incident. It's a tight squeeze so it could be interesting!"



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