Karun Chandhok was left to lament a golden opportunity missed as he watched the closing stages of a GP2 Series event on the streets of Monaco that he could - and likely would - have won for championship newcomer Ocean Racing Technology.

The Indian was well on the way to adding victory in the series' blue riband event to the one he took at the equally-famous Spa-Francorchamps when driveshaft failure saw him coasting to a halt within sight of the chequered flag.

"I am gutted, words can't describe how I feel right now," a distraught Chandhok admitted after returning to the paddock, "Ever since I was a child, my dream has been to win at Monaco and I was robbed of it today.

"Without any warning, I lost drive as I came down the start-finish straight. I just could not believe this was happening. The team are also distraught as this would have been our first win in just their second weekend of GP2, having dominated the race, but unfortunately this is motorsport."

The ORT pilot had started from the front row in race two after being promoted to seventh in Friday's feature when several of the drivers finishing ahead of him were penalised for cutting the Ste Devote corner, and then managed to get the jump on polesitter - and Monaco specialist - Pastor Maldonado as the lights went out on Saturday afternoon.

"I really like this place, and I think we were robbed a little bit of a good qualifying position because we had traffic at the end of qualy," he reflected, "Yesterday, I got robbed because all those guys went across [Ste Devote] - fine, I was always going to get it back, but I sat in traffic all day. I felt we deserved something this weekend because we were quick, we were genuinely in the ballpark."

Determined to make amends - and the most of his front row spot - Chandhok targeted an early lead in Saturday's sprint and, true to his word, made a daring move around the outside of Ste Devote to pass Maldonado, before pulling out a four-second lead in the first five laps. He then continued to dominate, controlling the pace as the top two pulled a 20-second lead over third-placed Jerome d'Ambrosio.

"My plan for race two was to first make sure I got ahead at any cost and, if I got in front, to drive like mad for the first five laps and then look after my tyres, because tyre wear on the supersofts was quite high and there were no pit-stops today," he confirmed, "I was saying to my engineer this morning that, even if Maldonado is there, I'm going to break the pack, and that's what I did.

"I went like hell for the first five laps and broke the pack, made three seconds I think, and then I just sat there. Every time he came to 1.2secs or 1.3secs, I just went half a second [faster] to get it out to two seconds, and kept doing that, but looked after the tyres in case, at the end of the race, I needed to have some tyres left to fight.

"I knew as long as the gap was around 1.5secs, it was okay, and I was driving at 80 per cent, just being safe. Pastor is a specialist here, having won in GP2 and World Series, and he is in an ART car, which is one of the best teams, so it was good to see that we had him beaten."

When trouble struck, however, it was terminal, with the right-side driveshaft having snapped and lost all drive as he approached the start-finish straight.

"The driveshaft just snapped in half - I've never seen it before in GP2," he exclaimed, "There's no mark on the wheel because I didn't touch anything - it just snapped in half when I was going down the straight. You don't get many chances to win at Monaco and this would have been perfect."

While Chandhok can console himself with the knowledge that is already a winner in the F1 feeder series, the ORT outfit looked set to celebrate a maiden win after just a handful of races in the winter's Asia Series and with just the Barcelona round of the 2009 regular season under its belt.

"It'll take a couple of days to get over it, but we have to push forward with the conviction of this weekend's race pace," the Indian admitted, "[Team owner] Tiago [Monteiro] and the team were visibly upset

"It's a huge disappointment for them, because look at the teams we're fighting against..... ART are two-time champions; Maldonado is a specialist here - and we had them covered, we genuinely had them covered. Then look at the next one down, DAMS with d'Ambrosio, who just won and came second in GP2 Asia.

"People criticised me because I came here to a new team, and it would have just been nice to put this one to bed, get six points. But at least we got our first points in race one and had the chance to show everyone in the F1 paddock that I am strong at one of the most demanding of circuits in racing.

"It was a great chance for me to showcase my ability in the most public of settings, and people like Bernie Ecclestone and most of the F1 teams had very complimentary words, which is great for me. Even ART boss Frederic Vasseur said how sorry he was to see me lose out, despite his car benefiting!"