Team Canada's Sean McIntosh, was ecstatic in Indonesia after taking the A1 Grand Prix of Nations Feature race victory after starting from the back of the grid at the Sentul circuit.

"This is unbelievable! It was an honour to be on the top step of the podium singing 'Oh Canada'. It certainly wasn't an easy victory but it sure feels good," said McIntosh.

McIntosh started the day's Sprint race from eighth place but failed to make it to the end of the first lap of the race. The 20 year-old had been off to a good start but at the third turn of the 3.95km circuit he made contact with the rear of Alex Yoong's Team Malaysia car, breaking the track rod and steering arm of the Canadian car.

The team and driver would then have everything to do in the longer, and prize-money giving Feature race. "We made some changes to the car between races as we felt we had nothing to lose starting from the back," explains Sean.

The 2005 Formula Renault UK driver made a going start in the Feature event and was up to tenth place at the end of the first lap, and he took advantage of the safety car's first deployment of the race on lap two.

All was not plain sailing however. McIntosh also had to cope with a drive-through penalty as he was adjudged to have crossed the pitlane exit line in his rush to return to the action, something that the Canadian team blamed on Team USA driver, Phil Giebler.

A gutsy series of lap-after-lap overtaking moves followed with McIntosh passing the likes of the USA, Netherlands, Brazil, Switzerland and Australia.

Climbing to fourth at the half-way marker Sean darted by Tomas Enge in the Czech Republic car at the third re-start to take third overall but with Great Britain and South Africa ahead still to make their pit stops he effectively seized the lead of the race. With two laps remaining Sean officially assumed the lead and duly powered his way to the chequered flag to take A1 Team Canada's maiden victory.

Ironically, McIntosh will now not be driving the Team Canada car for the next races as the squad had already planned to run race veteran, Patrick Carpentier.

"With Patrick Carpentier taking over for Canada in the next two rounds I wanted to leave with a strong performance," concluded McIntosh. "I've set the standard pretty high and hopefully the team can take this momentum forward to Mexico."

 

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