Laguna Seca: Team Canada Saturday report

Carpentier 18th in Laguna Qualifying Patrick Carpentier qualified A1 Team Canada's entry 18th on the grid for tomorrow's A1GP Sprint race at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, California as qualifying was held this afternoon for the penultimate...

Carpentier 18th in Laguna Qualifying

Patrick Carpentier qualified A1 Team Canada's entry 18th on the grid for tomorrow's A1GP Sprint race at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, California as qualifying was held this afternoon for the penultimate round of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations.

The 34-year-old Quebec racer, making his second appearance for the Canadian team in the first ever 'World Cup of Motorsport', was disappointed not to be further up the order having been amongst the pace-setters in this morning's practice session, eventually ending up with the seventh fastest time at the 3.6km track.

Carpentier, a two-time Champ Car winner at Laguna Seca ('03-'04), set his first qualifying run on old tires, banking a 1m21.492s utlising a modified set-up. Reverting back to his original practice set-up and a fresh set of tires, his next outing was a more competitive 1m17.201s. A 1m18.345s followed before he recorded a 1m16.440s lap in the fourth and final session. With an aggregate time of 2m33.641s Patrick lines up 18th for the Sprint race with former Champ Car rivals Bryan Herta (A1 Team USA) and Christian Fittipaldi (A1 Team Brazil) directly ahead and behind respectively. A1 Team Mexico clinched pole position with Salvador Duran in the driving seat.

Patrick Carpentier: "I'm disappointed to be starting that far back, we ran a 1m16.440s at the end there which isn't too bad but overall the times were too inconsistent. We tried a couple of changes to the car but they didn't help us. I'm sure we'll work our way to the front when we go racing tomorrow."

-team canada-

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Series A1GP
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Christian Fittipaldi , Bryan Herta , Salvador Duran