Carpentier promises better Brands show

Champ Car ace Patrick Carpentier has promised a more exciting show when the series returns to Britain next year, and has blamed new fuel rules for making the London Champ Car Trophy at Brands Hatch a processional race

Carpentier promises better Brands show

The Canadian said that the decision to adopt two mandatory green flag pit-stops, rather than three, forced drivers to conserve fuel and work on gaining places during pit-stops.

"I hope the fans really enjoyed the race, but usually we have better racing than this," Carpentier told AUTOSPORT. "The new fuel rules made it boring for a Champ Car race. Everybody was just trying to save so much fuel. I got on the radio and told the guys it was really boring and I was not even braking going into Paddock Hill Bend.

A Champ Car spokesman admitted that the two-stop regulation had not been a success. "We started tweaking the pit-stop rules last year to improve the competition," he said. "Obviously the change we made for this race wasn't perfect, But we will look at ways to improve the show for next year."

Forsythe Racing driver Carpentier, who finish fifth at Brands, is confident that a change in the regulations will improve the racing dramatically for next year's event.

"I just want the fans to know that they should come back," he said. "I know CART are going to look at the rule and say "hey, this isn't working" and they're going to sort it for the next race. If the fans come back next year, they'll see a much better show."

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