Carlin Motorsport driver Will Power had high hopes of points from both World Series by Renault races at Zolder, but came away from the Belgian circuit with nothing to show for his efforts.
Strong qualifying results put the Australian fourth and first on the grid for the two events, but a mechanical failure and then a spin meant that he finished both races as a frustrated spectator.
The Carlin Motorsport driver's day did not start well when a driveshaft failure prevented him from even making it to the grid for race one. If any consolation could be taken from the problem, it was that Power was due to start 'only' fourth for the sprint event, but the disappointment was huge after he had enjoyed a hitherto trouble-free weekend with the #4 car.
Race two did not get much better for the British F3 graduate, despite starting from P1 on the grid. A poor getaway left Power to slot in behind race one winner Enrico Toccacelo but, by lap three, he was already breathing down the Italian's neck as the two drivers carved themselves a healthy gap over of the rest of the field. However, the escape was short-lived, as Power's car looped into a spin on lap seven. Although undamaged, the Australian was unable to re-start the car, putting an early end to his race.
“It was a very frustrating day for me, especially after yesterday's good results,” Power admitted, "We didn't get off to a good start, having to miss race one because of a failure, but these sorts of things happen in racing.
"I then didn't get a good start off the line in race two - my dash was reading a gear failure - which left me fighting to keep off Jaap van Lagen. But I was quickly back on the leader, and looking to have a go, when something happened and I went into a spin. Then I couldn't re-start the car... We'll have a look to see exactly what happened on the data back at the workshop.”