Lee tunes up for Macau with double

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 November, 2007, 12:00am

To the music of a 19th century opera, two of Hong Kong's Carrera Cup Asia drivers celebrated their podium finishes with the customary champagne, while looking forward to the series finale in Macau in two weeks.

For Marchy Lee Yin-kin, the orchestral sounds of Georges Bizet's Carmen were particularly pleasing as the two races he won yesterday were his first Carrera Cup wins this season. 'I think it was my best start ever in Porsche,' Lee said.

Lee said his engineer advised him to push during the early laps of the afternoon race to open a gap between himself and second-place finisher Christian Jones, and the plan worked to perfection.

However, victory eluded Darryl O'Young, who returned for the final three weekends of the series he won last year. O'Young did not finish the first race, but in the second, he worked his way from the back of the grid to finish third.

While neither Lee nor O'Young can win the title, they are looking forward to the final race of the year.

'Macau is my favourite race of the year,' said O'Young. 'I've won there before [in 2005], I hope to win there again.'

Just as Lee and O'Young were on the podium, Hong Kong's Ross Jamison was lining up at the back of the grid for the final race of Formula BMW Asia. Jamison's day started off with misery as he spun out in the first race and was unable to finish.

Trailing Kyle Mitchell for the Rookie Cup, Jamison drove his way up to within one place and two tenths of a second behind Mitchell, but couldn't catch the South African, who took the cup by seven points.

'It's a bit bittersweet, it's nice to know that you are quicker, but I couldn't have got past unless I made a really desperate move which would have taken both of us out,' said Jamison.

He has vowed to return next year.