Ananda Mikola emerged from the first ever round of the Formula Renault V6 Asia as the championship leader but only after Karun Chandhok saw a comfortable double win come to nothing at Sepang, Malaysia.
The Indian driver had been in dominant form all weekend, taking a point for pole position and then going on to take an easy win in an eventful Super Sprint race, taking the chequered flag three seconds ahead of Tapei's Hanss Lin and Bahrain's Hamad Al Fardan.
However, any hopes of a repeat in the second Grand Race were scuppered when he was hit with an electrical problem having pulled out a ten second lead.
As a result, Indonesian A1 Grand Prix star Ananda Mikola was left to inherit victory and with it the championship lead courtesy of his fourth place in the opening race. Al Fardan made it two podiums from two, with American Seth Ingram taking third place in his CT Motorsport car