Having impressed in qualifying after securing another top ten time at the South African round of the A1 Grand Prix championship in Durban, Sean McIntosh could only manage a single point for Team Canada after an eventful day of racing.

Starting from ninth on the grid, McIntosh held station for most of the race and battled to keep the Team Germany car of Timo Scheider behind him. However, an ill-handling car, the cause of which was later attributed to a slow puncture, saw him drop down the order to 12th.

Nonetheless, McIntosh fought back up to tenth, only for the tyre to finally give way on the last lap of the race dropping back down to 12th and out of the points.

In the feature race, Canada attempted to jump ahead of their rivals with a risky early pit stop, with McIntosh entering the pit lane on only the second of the 40-lap race.

The strategy looked to be paying dividends too, with McIntosh running as high as third until a collision with Alvaro Parente in the Portuguese entry meant he had to return to the pits for a new nose cone.

A strong fight back saw him back up to eighth, only for a broken steering column forcing him into tenth by the chequered flag and leaving him with a solitary point.

"An unfortunate series of events really cost us here today because all things considered I think we had a good package," said McIntosh. "The car had pace and the team worked really well. We had an awesome strategy for the Feature race and it could have paid off if the Portuguese car hadn't surprised me at the first turn and taken out my front wing."

"At least we came away with a point! I was sidelined out at Turn 4 for the last couple of laps in the Feature but we had done enough to claim tenth. Hopefully we can piece everything together next time out in Indonesia and improve our standing."

Canada remains tenth in the championship, as the series heads to Indonesia and the new Sentul circuit.

 

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