Having been guaranteed a place on the front row of the grid for the Lexmark Indy 300 at Surfers Paradise, Oriol Servia was unable to retain pole position through the second qualifying session for the penultimate meeting of the Champ Car World Series season.

The PKV Racing man had led the way on Friday in the provisional qualifying session, which ensured he would line up on the front row regardless of his time in second qualifying.

Although unable to match the pace of Will Power during the session, Servia was able to improve his time to pick up his best qualifying result of the year - and his tenth top six start in twelve races.

"I am actually happy with the car, this morning the car was just perfect, easy to drive, fast and this afternoon was still good," the Spaniard said. "In the first run we had some problems with the engine, it sounded like it was dirty, there was a lot of hesitation and we changed the ECU for the second run and it made it a little better but there was still some kind of problem, so we just have to solve it for tomorrow.
The car feels great, we are on the front row so we have potential for tomorrow".

Team-mate Neel Jani had been fifth on the provisional grid going into the second session but lay outside the top ten after a session hit by red flags. However, using the alternate red tyres for his final run, the Swiss driver jumped into the top ten to qualify in eighth place.

"My first set of reds, I struggled a little bit and was unable to get a good lap," the 23-year-old said. "I also had quite a bit of under steer. On the second set it was a little better, the car felt more stable, I had a lot more front grip, but still for my driving style I will need a little more compliance in the front, we also need to find out why I am losing some top speed. I need to attack the corners differently and that is where I struggle on this circuit quite a bit at the moment."


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