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Chandhok pleased with ORT pace despite frustration.

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.



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