Qual 1: Carpentier flies
Patrick Carpentier dominated the opening day's action at Laguna Seca, setting the pace in free practice this morning and then topping provisional qualifying to lock out a front row starting spot for Sunday's race. The French-Canadian won at the hilly Californian road course last year and now has an excellent platform from which to repeat the feat - especially since overtaking opportunities are at a premium around Laguna and grid position is all-important
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