Team Canada has moved up to ninth in the A1GP standings after Patrick Carpentier secured a double points finish in the penultimate meeting of the year at Laguna Seca.

Rain ahead of the sprint race failed to faze Carpentier as he made up five places on the opening lap alone from his 18th place starting slot. When the safety car was summoned for a second tour of duty on lap eight, the charging Canadian was looking strong in eighth and made up a further two places before the 30-minute time limit saw the race come to a close.

In keeping with the changeable conditions that had affected the weekend, the feature race started on a predominantly dry track - with Carpentier making his mandatory pit-stop on lap three to switch to slicks tyres and soon making his way into the top ten.

Following a six-lap safety car period the 34-year-old set his sights on further progression, quickly passing the Czech Republic for eighth and working his way up to sixth place. However when Team France retired just laps from the finish, he moved up into fifth place to secure more vital points for the team.

"The rain actually helped me in the first race as some people made mistakes and I was able to get past them at the start," Carpentier said. "From there I just worked my way up to get a good start position for the feature. I was fighting to catch Portugal at the end of the main race but it was still pretty slippery out there. Overall though it's been fun and we scored points and improved our position.

"Today was a lot better than yesterday that's for sure, it's all a learning experience and I really enjoyed myself out there."

 

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