HK pair rue mistakes after just missing out

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 October, 2007, 12:00am

Hong Kong drivers fell agonisingly short in their attempts to reach the top of the podium in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia at the Shanghai International Circuit yesterday.

Veteran Briton Tim Sugden, 41, wrested the win from Hong Kong's Darryl O'Young in a decisive late move after no fewer than three exchanges of the lead between the pair in a 12-lap duel. At the chequered flag in the first leg of the weekend doubleheader, the gap between the two was just one-fifth of a second.

O'Young's compatriot, Marchy Lee Yin-kin, was third.

The win saw Sugden tie with Japan's Keita Sawa at the top of the standings with three rounds to go, while pole-sitter O'Young - the reigning series champion - was once again denied the chance to add a Shanghai victory to his CV after a small error.

'It seems Shanghai is the place I always come second,' said O'Young, who had a runner-up finish here last year. 'But I should say it is a race I enjoyed with all the clean and exciting fights along the way. We were equal, except for that little mistake I made in the final lap.'

Lee started from the second row and quickly dropped to sixth place. Although he clawed his way back, he was left to rue his poor start. 'I have the speed to win but it seems that I don't know how to start a Porsche, it really feels weird,' he said.