Oriol Servia saw a winning opportunity fly out of the window on his PKV Racing comeback at Surfers Paradise in Australia, with a small error whilst leading costing him the chance to break his 2007 Champ Car duck.

The Miami-domiciled Spaniard returned to the squad in place of Tristan Gommendy, and showed he immediately felt right back at home again by qualifying on the front row of the grid, his best starting position of the year so far. Pushing to the limit, by lap 32 he would be in the lead and fastest man on the track, but shortly afterwards a slight brush with the wall at turn two bent the toe link and forced Servia to pit for repairs, losing a full three laps in the process - and with it any chance of victory.

"I'm just very pleased with the whole weekend performance," the 33-year-old remarked, shrugging off any disappointment after taking the chequered flag down in 14th place. "I made one little mistake which unfortunately happened in the race, and at Surfers Paradise you pay for a little mistake like that.

"I didn't think it was that bad but a couple of corners later I realised it was - the toe link had broken so I had to basically stop and lost three laps. It was just unfortunate for the whole team after an excellent performance considering I had just jumped into the car this weekend."

Prior to his switch to PKV, Servia competed for Forsythe Racing. With one round remaining he lies ninth in the championship standings - just eight points shy of fifth - with ten top ten finishes from twelve starts and a brace of podiums to his name, second at Long Beach and third in San Jose.

"The team were really outstanding," he added, effusive in his praise for the young Indianapolis-based outfit, "and I think we all deserved the win we were capable of. I am obviously disappointed but when you make a mistake pushing as hard as I was, and the whole team were, you know things can happen. They can happen to the best; you have to play with the limits.

"It was just encouraging the speed we had all weekend, and I found the team after a year much better in many areas. The way they operated and the way everything worked, definitely PKV is a winning team and have the potential to win a championship, and I am just happy I gave them a good weekend."


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