Chandok gets taken out despite leading twice

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Sakhir, Bahrain, Apr 7 (UNI) After a disappointing performance at round four of the new-for-2008 GP2 Asia Series at Sakhir, supporting the the Bahrain Grand Prix, Karun Chandhok was left to rue what might have been.

The 24-year-old from Chennai scored one point after he was delayed by a slow pitstop and a spin, but was pushed out of the lead at the first corner of yesterday's sprint race.

Chandhok was off to a solid start but had to fend off fellow front row starter Diego Nunes on the run to Turn one. He thought he had the Brazilian covered, but Nunes crashed into Chandhok's right-rear tyre, sending him spinning out of the lead.

''I squeezed him on the straight and he backed out of it, so I was clearly ahead turning into the corner. Suddenly, he just drives into me out of nowhere. I was keen to get ahead into Turn 1, because I knew he would hold up the quicker guys behind him, but the next thing I knew : Bang! He ruined both our races,'' Chandok said.

The stewards of the race penalized Nunes but it was no consolation to the Indian.

''I don't really care if he has a penalty or not for Dubai - it doesn't fix what happened today !'' Karun once again rejoined at the back, and overtook a number of cars until damage sustained to the rear suspension in the collision with Nunes eventually forced him into the pits and retirement.

Chandhok's next race is the final round of GP2 Asia at Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on April 11-12.

''I'm determined to end the this string of bad luck in Dubai !!'' he said. ''I've been the front row now 4 times, so everyone knows I'm quick but that's not resulting in points for a variety of reasons ''The team and I have worked really hard for the last two weekends to get to a position where we can fight for wins and podiums and I really think that we deserve it.'' UNI XC AB CS PM1700

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