Katherine Legge was left to reflect on a missed opportunity at Surfers Paradise after being forced to retire from the Lexmark Indy 300 on Australia's Gold Coast.

The Dale Coyne Racing driver had qualified down in 16th place on the grid but remained confident of a solid race after admitting she had over-driven her car during the qualifying session and should have been higher up the grid.

Indeed, that predicition was proved to be correct as she climbed up to twelfth place in the early laps, running in a train of cars being held up somewhat by seventh-placed Neel Jani.

However, after two early caution periods, Legge saw her hopes of a third top-ten finish of the season disappear when Will Power - who had lost time during his opening pit-stop - got it wrong while going for position and span into her Panoz DP01, putting himself out on the spot and leaving Legge with damaged steering that ensured she didn't go much further.

"I don't know how he hit me," she reflected afterwards. "I gave him enough room to pass me, but the next thing I knew his car was coming over mine. It is shame that this incident happened because we probably would have had a top ten finish today if it wasn't for that.

"I just feel sorry for the team. They gave me a great car today. I would have loved to stay out there and finish the race, but the damage to the steering wasn't repairable. Hopefully we can end the season on a high note in Mexico City like we started the season, with a sixth place finish in Las Vegas."

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