For the second season in row, Will Power was left to reflect on what might have been after disappointment in his home round of the Champ Car World Series on the Gold Coast.

The Team Australia driver had qualified on pole position for the Lexmark Indy 300 at Surfers Paradise and made a good start to the race to lead the early laps. When Dan Clarke dislodged one of the tyre stacks while trying to pass Neel Jani, the race went under caution and most of the field elected to pit for their first stops.

However for Power, things would start to go wrong as he was then released slightly early from his pit box after the completion of his stop for tyres and fuel, resulting in contact with the car of David Martinez as the Mexican came in to stop himself.

The contact caused slight damage to the front right suspension on the #5 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia DP01, forcing the team to bring in Power for a second time under caution to make repairs to the car's steering.

"Once again in the first stint we had to pit under yellow," Power said. "All the cars are compressed and there's a lot of mayhem in the pit lane. Unfortunately I got sent early. Just a simple mistake. The guy lifted the lollypop and sent us into another car, which bent the steering arm and then we were on the back foot.

"The guy that made the mistake is usually flawless with his work but it happens; we're all human. You can't go around blaming people. It's just what happened. From that point on, the steering wasn't straight. The suspension was slightly bent. So the car wasn't behaving exactly how it should."

Power's race would then come to an abrupt end on lap 19 when he made contact with Katherine Legge at Falken Corner while trying to make his way back up the order. The two cars touched, breaking the rear suspension on Power's car and sending him backwards into the tyre wall, with the impact leaving the 26-year-old nursing an injured wrist.

"Trying to charge back through the field, I got a run on Katherine Legge," he explained. "I guess the car stepped out a little bit and grabbed her back wheel and threw me into the wall.

"It was a disappointing day. Once again, the same as last year, we have the car, had everything in place to win the race, but just had bad luck.

"I feel disappointed for all the fans that came out to watch us today. I feel disappointed for Craig Gore, as well. Unfortunately he couldn't be here. You know, we'll lift above it, move on. We've got to race in Mexico and we'll try and win that one.

"I think my wrist will be fine for Mexico. I've got to get an x-ray. My physio is pretty sure it's not broken. It's pretty sore. Hopefully it's good."


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