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POWER LEADS EARLY BEFORE CRASH ENDS HIS NIKON INDY 300 SERVIA SHOWS GREAT SPEED TO DRIVE FROM 15TH TO FIFTH Aussie Vineyards - Team Australia IndyCar driver Will Power has led the first 16 laps of his home event before crashing out of the...

POWER LEADS EARLY BEFORE CRASH ENDS HIS NIKON INDY 300

SERVIA SHOWS GREAT SPEED TO DRIVE FROM 15TH TO FIFTH

Aussie Vineyards - Team Australia IndyCar driver Will Power has led the first 16 laps of his home event before crashing out of the Nikon Indy 300 on the streets of Surfers Paradise, Australia today.

Power led away from the start, pulled an sizeable gap on second placed Ryan Briscoe, and was driving conservatively and saving fuel when on the 17th lap of the race, it all came crashing to a cruel end.

The Australian driver brushed the inside wall on the apex of Turn Five, breaking the steering of the #8 Aussie Vineyards -- Team Australia Honda/Dallara/Firestone and sending him into the Turn 6 wall in what is the second part of the Bartercard Esses.

Power attempted to limp his mount back to the pits but was forced to park at Turn Eight, one day after making history by winning his third-consecutive pole position on the Gold Coast and becoming the first three-time polesitter for the Nikon Indy 300.

Power's countryman Briscoe inherited the lead and went on to become the first Australian to win the Nikon Indy 300 in its 18-year history.

2008 IndyCar Series champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Scott Dixon finished a close second, with Ryan Hunter-Reay fourth.

Power's KV Racing Technology team-mate Oriol Servia, who also carried the colours of Aussie Vineyards and Team Australia this weekend in the final event of the 2008 IndyCar Series season, showed the speed and potential of the green and gold cars with a storming drive from 15th on the grid to finish in fifth.

Servia brought the #5 Aussie Vineyards -- Team Australia Honda/Dallara/Firestone home just behind Alex Tagliani in a strong performance on the tough 4.498km/2.795mile street circuit.

WHAT THE TEAM HAD TO SAY --

Will Power: #8 Aussie Vineyards - Team Australia Honda/Dallara/Firestone

"Obviously, I am very disappointed," said Power.

"The KV Racing Technology -- Team Australia car was very quick. You could see how fast we were at the start of the race.

"Then I backed off to save a lot of fuel, not pushing hard, and then got caught out and clipped the inside wall and ricochet into the next one.

"It was a really bad mistake, the worst of my life. It was a very bad dat for me and I am very disappointed.

"But I want to thank all of the KVRT Team Australia crew for all of their hard work this weekend. They gave me a great Aussie Vineyards car and it's a shame we could not finish this race."

Oriol Servia: #5 Aussie Vineyards - Team Australia Honda/Dallara/Firestone

"I finished the season with another top five, which is great, but it was a race where I think KV Racing Technology -- Team Australia had the dominant car today," said Servia.

"KVRT has shown that on road and street courses we have everything it takes to win. It's just tough racing out there and everything has to go our way.

"Again, we got very close to a great race, and actually, I thinjk we had a good race, going from 15th to fifth.

"We passes a lot of cars on track, which is not very easy these days, so I am very happy with the race.

"We have the potential to win races together, but we just need to keep working hard."

-credit: team australia/bam

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