GP2 champion Giorgio Pantano will start his first Superleague Formula race for AC Milan at the back of the grid after a gearbox problem ruined his qualifying session.
Pantano could only complete a slow lap when the steering wheel-mounted gearshift system on his Azerti-run Elan-MCT failed to operate properly.
"The system was just not working at all," he told AUTOSPORT. "There was nothing I could do. That's going to make it tough for me in the races tomorrow."
Pantano even understeered off at the Adelaide hairpin on his best lap, as he unsuccessfully tried to downshift. He will start tomorrow's opening round from the back of the 18-car grid, a huge disappointment after he had set the fastest time in the final free practice "rookie" session before qualifying.