Shanghai: Team Canada preview

Carpentier heads to China with A1 Team Canada Montreal, Quebec (March 27, 2006) -- Patrick Carpentier aims to keep A1 Team Canada locked into the top-ten in the A1GP Nations Standings this weekend, 1st-2nd April, as the inaugural A1 Grand Prix...

Carpentier heads to China with A1 Team Canada

Montreal, Quebec (March 27, 2006) -- Patrick Carpentier aims to keep A1 Team Canada locked into the top-ten in the A1GP Nations Standings this weekend, 1st-2nd April, as the inaugural A1 Grand Prix of Nations concludes in China on Sunday with Round 11 at the stunning Shanghai International Circuit, home of the Chinese Grand Prix.

While A1 Team France clinched the first-ever 'World Cup of Motorsport' title at the penultimate round at Laguna Seca two weeks ago, Carpentier's brace of top-six finishes in California further bolstered A1 Team Canada's points standing, passing A1 Team Malaysia by a solitary marker to move up to ninth overall on 55 points.

Behind them A1 Team Mexico sits just six points adrift of the top-ten with the momentum of back-to-back victories in the U.S. being carried into the season finale in China.

Patrick's points-haul, combined with that of Sean McIntosh's efforts throughout the first eight rounds of the series, including a sensational Feature race victory in Indonesia by the 20-year- old standout, have kept A1 Team Canada a top-ten contender throughout the season but with just two more points scoring opportunities available in Sunday's Sprint and Feature races, the fight to the finish is guaranteed to be as close as it will be entertaining.

With several Champ Car starts at Fundidora Park and Laguna Seca prior to his A1GP races there this season, Patrick's long-haul excursion to China with A1 Team Canada presents the 34-year-old Quebec racer with a new challenge, the 5.45km Herman Tilke-designed Shanghai International Circuit. Situated 30km north-west of Shanghai, the ultra-modern track boasts some of the finest facilities in the world and held the first ever F1 race in China back in 2004.

Looking forward to his trip to the Far East Patrick commented: "I'm excited to be racing in China this weekend. I've only seen the track layout on paper so I'm looking forward to getting there, having a walk around and finally getting out there for A1 Team Canada in Friday's practice sessions. I'm hoping to qualify a lot better than my previous two A1GP outings and make life a little easier for myself in the races but at least we had two good points scoring finishes at Laguna last time. I'm learning more about the car each session so I'm hoping for good things this weekend. For sure I'll be doing my all to finish the season on a high for A1 Team Canada!"

Sunday's A1GP races can be viewed live in Canada via www.a1gp.com

-team canada-

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Series A1GP
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Sean McIntosh , Hermann Tilke