Monterrey: Team Canada Saturday report

Mexico Qualifying - Carpentier 19th on Sprint Grid 25th February 2006, Qualifying, Round 9 -- A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Parque Fundidora, Monterrey, Mexico -- In stark contrast to yesterday's rain-soaked practice sessions Monterrey, Mexico was...

Mexico Qualifying - Carpentier 19th on Sprint Grid

25th February 2006, Qualifying, Round 9 -- A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Parque Fundidora, Monterrey, Mexico -- In stark contrast to yesterday's rain-soaked practice sessions Monterrey, Mexico was bathed in sunshine today as A1 Team Canada's Patrick Carpentier qualified 19th on the grid for tomorrow's Sprint race, the five-time Champ Car winner from Quebec making his A1 Grand Prix of Nations debut in the ninth round of the inaugural 'World Cup of Motorsport.'

Returning to Monterrey and the 3.38km Parque Fundidora circuit for the first time since he raced in Champ Car in 2004, Carpentier faced the challenge of A1GP's aggregate qualifying format where the two fastest laps from four timed runs determine the grid order for the Sprint race.

An off at turn one on his second flying lap, his first on new tires, impacted his progress leaving just two more opportunities to set a competitive time. A 1m25.603s lap followed by a final effort of 1m23.90s, set on a second set of new tires, formed A1 Team Canada's aggregate time and 19th place grid slot. A1 Team South Africa claimed pole, their first in A1GP competition, ahead of A1 Team France.

Patrick Carpentier: "Things didn't go as I had hoped today! On my second run I went off at the first corner which was frustrating as I was on fresh rubber for the first time this weekend. After that the car was a little too loose for my liking. We put on another set of new tires for my last run and I set a lap in the 1m23s which if I'd been able to put two laps together like that then we'd have been up there but it didn't work out that way. We'll see what tomorrow brings, we have the Sprint and Feature races to go for points!"

-team canada-

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Series A1GP
Drivers Patrick Carpentier