The Mazda Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland presented by Joe's Sports and Outdoor began and ended in historic fashion, with Justin Wilson leading away from Champ Car's first standing start and Sebastien Bourdais leading the field home for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing's 100th race win.

Every driver was able to get away at the start, setting the tone for a caution-free day - the first in Champ Car since Road America 2000 - which saw Bourdais# #1 McDonald's Panoz cruise to its third straight win after success in both Long Beach and Houston.

Polesitter Wilson stormed out to an early lead and continued to pull away, gaining a 15-second lead before the first round of pit-stops.

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"I got a little too much wheelspin and Robert Doornbos got a clean jump," the Briton revealed, "I was just watching him alongside - when he braked, I braked. That made it pretty simple. I was on the inside and got through."

"I thought I had a better start than Justin," Doornbos agreed, "I proved it because I was alongside him - then I just got a bit too excited with a miss-shift and the advantage was gone. There was such a big fuss about the start approaching the weekend, but I think we proved that you can make normal starts without any hassle as long as you are just relaxed. I think the procedure went very well."

The best start, however, came from Will Power, who jumped from seventh to third after the Festival Curves - with Bourdais and Alex Tagliani hot on his heels. Further back, the returning Paul Tracy gained four positions on the first lap but spun in turn six third time around and spent the rest of the race on an alternative strategy as he tried to work his way back through the field, eventually finishing tenth.

Tracy was the first driver to duck into pit-lane for service, on lap 17, while Bourdais stretched his fuel economy to the max, not pitting until the 29th circuit, then short-filling the #1 car and coming out in second position. Power's Team Australia crew also did their job, allowing the Las Vegas winner to gain third from Minardi Team USA's Robert Doornbos. The two would continue to battle throughout the 103-lap event, with the Dutchman eventually retaking the place to earn his third podium finish in four Champ Car. Power finished fourth.

"My third podium in four races, obviously it's great," Doornbos said, "It's good for the team, and the guys did a good job with the pit-stops, very consistent. We proved today that, if we want to win races or challenge these guys - Sebastien or Justin - we need to improve the car more. We have now two weeks to make the next jump, so hopefully the guys can work hard and we can be even stronger in Cleveland."

While Doornbos and Power were battling, Bourdais began to close the gap Wilson had built up, running slightly faster lap times throughout the second stint and putting himself in position to challenge the Briton just after the second round of pit-stops. Bourdais lined Wilson up down the main straight and got the better of him through turn one, before pulling steadily away to record a near 14-second victory.

"I don't think I made history, I think I just participated in it for my team," Bourdais said of his role in NHLR's 100th win, "It's obviously a fantastic organisation, with three great team owners. Mike [Lanigan] is a new addition, but I think he's going to be the future of it. I couldn't be any happier for the whole team, the owners and McDonald's.

"I think we just didn't seem to be able to put it together on either Friday or Saturday, but we just seemed pretty clear after a while today. The McDonald's car was superior and we were just able to maintain the advantage. It's a pretty sweet win, number 100 for the team. I'm just very, very honoured to be a part of this."

Wilson did his best to stay with the three-time champion, but had to settle for his second consecutive runner-up finish at Portland International Raceway after RSports' resurgence came up short when it mattered.

"The first stint was working really well, I was just cruising really," the Briton reported, "I was very comfortable with the car, which felt really nice to drive. In the second stint, I was expecting to pick up the pace, but it never happened and I was a little bit surprised at that. But, you know, ultimately, weren't quite quick enough. Sebastien just slowly ate into my lead and, after the second pit-stop, managed to get by me.

"I'm pleased to get on the podium, the #9 CDW crew did a great job all weekend. I'm really proud of them. Hopefully, we can be up there and challenging for the win at Cleveland."

Team-mate Tagliani continued his consistent start to 2007, earning a third top-five finish of the season with fifth place behind Power, while Dan Clarke's rise up the field continued as the Briton started his Minardi entry from ninth and moved up to sixth by the chequered flag, his best finish of the season.

Rookie Tristan Gommendy again showed promise in seventh, although the young Frenchman - who took fifth on debut in Las Vegas and led laps at both Long Beach and Houston - will be ruing the error in qualifying that denied him a front row spot alongside Wilson. Champ Car Atlantic graduates Simon Pagenaud and Graham Rahal both earned top-ten positions, finishing eighth and ninth respectively, with Tracy rounding out the leading group.

New Forsythe team-mate Oriol Servia was next up, ahead of Neel Jani, Bruno Junqueira and Ryan Dalziel, while the returning Jan Heylen ran strongly before having to settle for 15th after his Conquest racing car went sick on the 101st lap. The Belgian still finished ahead of Alex Figge, while Katherine Legge saw a potential 14th place finish go west when her car cried enough in the opening corner on lap 100.

As the series prepares for a busy run of race through the summer, Bourdais leads the way with 105 points, ahead of Power, on 94, and Doornbos, with 87. RSports team-mates Tagliani and Wilson are now fourth and fifth in the standings.