London: QPR's promotion champagne remains on ice after the Championship leaders missed a chance to seal their return to the Premier League in Saturday's 2-2 draw at Cardiff.
Neil Warnock's side went into the match at second placed Cardiff knowing victory would seal promotion to the top-flight after a 15-year absence.
But the Bluebirds desperately needed a win themselves to boost their bid to finish in the other automatic promotion place.
Cardiff led through Jay Bothroyd then QPR captain Adel Taarabt equalised and, after Craig Bellamy restored the hosts' advantage, it was Taarabt who rescued the west London club with a second half leveller.
Although QPR left south Wales without the win they craved, they can still clinch promotion with a victory against Hull at Loftus Road on Monday.
For Cardiff, a draw was not good enough for their automatic promotion ambitions and they now sit one point behind second-placed Norwich with just three matches remaining.
Bothroyd set the tone for an enthralling clash when he put Cardiff ahead in the sixth minute.
He took possession on the right touchline and skipped inside a challenge before curling a left-foot effort from 18 yards into the top corner off the crossbar.
Taarabt produced an equally stunning strike to equalise four minutes later.
The Moroccan showed why he was voted the Championship's Player of the Year as he curling his shot beyond the reach of Stephen Bywater and into the far corner from an acute angle.
Dave Jones' team regained the lead in the 35th minute. Bothroyd was allowed time to send over an inswinging cross from the right which Matthew Connolly failed to deal with and the ball squirmed through to Bellamy to swivel and smash past Paddy Kenny into the top corner.
Taarabt levelled for QPR in the 71st minute as he controlled Wayne Routledge's chipped pass and beat Bywater from just inside the area.