Filling the shoes of an A1 Grand Prix race winner was always going to be a tough ask, even for a racing veteran of Patrick Carpentier's standing, but the Canadian could not have accounted for recurring pit-lane problems which scuppered an otherwise impressive debut.

Carpentier was already heading for the Canadian team when Sean McIntosh won the second race at Indonesia's Sentul circuit, but he at least has prior knowledge of the Fundidora Park venue to aid his transition into the team. A spot on the inside of row ten belied his pace in practice, and owed much to missing one of the four timed sessions, but Carpentier made quick progress through the sprint race field, finding himself in 13th spot as the safety car appeared at the end of lap one.

Despite a prolonged period of controlled running, in which time he gained two more places as Japan and New Zealand took themselves out of the race, the Canadian again took advantage of his rolling start skills, breaking into the top ten at the restart, before managing to avoid the wheel-banging antics of Robbie Kerr and Christian Fittipaldi to move up to ninth place and score two points.

Another strong get away in the feature race, this time from a standing start, saw Carpentier move up to eighth on the first lap, but the Canadian team opted to follow the same strategy as the majority of the field, and headed for a tyre change at the end of lap two. This was when the team's weekend stalled, as a stuck wheel nut on the right rear effectively ended Carpentier's challenge.

The team's misfortunes were then compounded further when its driver incurred a speeding penalty as he accidentally selected his pass boost button instead of his pit limiter when pulling away from the stop. He duly took his drive-through penalty on the next tour, but a lap was lost to the race leaders by the time he was free to resume his charge. Although the pace of the Team Canada entry was encouraging, Carpentier could only manage to climb as high as 15th spot, missing out on a further haul of points.

"The first race went really well, and I benefited from the improvements made to the car over the weekend," he reported, "I was getting used to the car each time, understanding that you can't be too aggressive behind the wheel!

"I was hoping for a strong finish in the second race too, but we lost over a minute in the pits and then, with the penalty, we were down a lap. Overall though, I'm really happy. The guys on the team did a great job and they stuck with me through the learning process. For Sean to have won a race last time out proves he's fast, as this is a very competitive series."