For the second year in a row, Team Australia's Will Power will start his home round of the Champ Car World Series from pole position after setting the pace during qualifying at Surfers Paradise.

Power claimed his fourth pole of the season in dramatic style on the Gold Coast as he beat the lap-record previously help by Cristiano da Matta to give the perfect get-well present to team co-owner Craig Gore, who misses the weekend after undergoing ear surgery earlier in the week.

The 26-year-old had been second fastest by the narrowest of margins in the opening qualifying but put the rest of the Champ Car field on notice as he stormed to the top of the pile - comfortably beating the provisional pole time posted by Oriol Servia.

"It was a great job by the team today," Power said. "But we are not getting too excited because it's a long race. That's probably the hardest four laps I've ever done in my life. I pushed super-hard because I knew we had the car to do it.

"I just had to get the lap together. I was even on a quicker one in the last lap, but (Mario) Dominguez blocked me. I think the key to tomorrow is to get a good start. We have a really good race car and it was very strong in practice early today. We practiced with full fuel loads and everything. So I'm looking forward to tomorrow. We just have a good strategy and get it done."

Power added that he would love to control the race from the front once the green flag falls on Sunday, although he admitted that a perfect strategy could soon be ruined by a yellow flag period.

"It would be nice to lead away and control the race from the front but Champ Car racing is pretty mixed up, especially this year with the way the yellows have fallen," he said. "You can have a perfect strategy, but if the yellows don't go your way, you don't get the right fuel strategy, you can end up absolutely nowhere.

"There is probably a lot of expectation after last year and also how well we've done this year. You know, that adds a little bit of pressure. I perform well under pressure all the time. Ask Derrick Walker, he knows. He always winds me up if I'm starting to feel comfortable.

"Because our team and myself are such a big part of this event, I really feel the atmosphere. Out of all the races you do all year, no matter who you ask in the paddock, they all say this is the best race. It's unforgiving. It's a great event."



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