Sebastien Bourdais clinched his fourth consecutive Champ Car title in perfect style, holding off Justin Wilson to win in Surfers Paradise.
In scoring the 30th win of his five-year Champ Car career, the Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing ace also became the first repeat winner in the Australian race's 17-year history. The Aussie crowd applauded the Frenchman, having long since had their hopes shattered by Will Power's continuing misfortune in his home race.
The Team Australia pilot was waved out of his pits just as Forsythe Championship Racing's David Martinez - located in the next pitbox along - came in. The pair made firm contact, bending Power's right front suspension, and dropping him to the back of the field.
On his charge back through the field, he bounced off Katherine Legge and hard into a tyre wall.
Wilson's second place for RuSPORT was impressive, and early on in the race he passed Bourdais as the pair got bottled up behind the out of sequence Paul Tracy (Forsythe Championship Racing), but in the final stint Wilson had nothing for his former Formula 3000 rival, and he finished seven seconds down.
Third place went to Bruno Junqueira, who thus gave Dale Coyne Racing their third consecutive podium finish. The Brazilian had been locked in combat with Tracy through the final sector, but he had one lap's worth more fuel, and PT had to make a last-lap dash for fuel, dropping him from third to ninth.
Tracy had gone out of sequence after a collision with Oriol Servia's PKV Racing machine had spun him to the back on the opening lap. Servia, meanwhile later made contact with a wall while battling for second with Wilson, which effectively ended his race.
Robert Doornbos was fourth for Minardi Team USA, ahead of Team Australia's second car of Simon Pagenaud, and compatriot Nelson Philippe's Conquest Racing car.
Classified: Pos Driver Team Time 1. Sebastien Bourdais Newman/Haas/Lanigan 1h45:49.318 2. Justin Wilson RuSPORT + 6.775 3. Bruno Junqueira Dale Coyne Racing + 50.896 4. Robert Doornbos Minardi USA + 1:02.640 5. Simon Pagenaud Team Australia + 1:03.410 6. Nelson Philippe Conquest Racing + 1:09.010 7. Alex Tagliani Rocketsports + 1:12.290 8. Neel Jani PKV Racing + 1:29.789 9. Paul Tracy Forsythe + 1:48.614 10. David Martinez Forsythe + 1 lap 11. Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan + 1 lap 12. Mario Dominguez Pacific Coast + 2 laps 13. Alex Figge Pacific Coast + 2 laps 14. Oriol Servia PKV Racing + 3 laps Not classified/retirements: Driver Team Laps Katherine Legge Dale Coyne Racing 26 Will Power Team Australia 18 Dan Clarke Minardi USA 12