O'Young aims to build on flying start

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 March, 2008, 12:00am

Having landed his first Porsche Carrera Cup Asia win of the season, Hong Kong's Darryl O'Young is setting his sights on a string of podium finishes.

The win on Sunday at the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang, following on from a third in the series' first race on Saturday, gives O'Young (pictured) every reason to be hopeful as he forges ahead in both the PCCA and in the European Porsche Mobil1 Supercup, which starts in Bahrain in two weeks.

'I had a bad qualifying weekend and so it started off not as well as I would have liked, but it finished as a fantastic start to the season,' O'Young said. 'I want to also start [the Supercup] season well and I'm fortunate to be driving often and not getting too much of a break.'

The PCCA resumes with two races in Shanghai in mid-April. O'Young is second in the championship, two points behind Germany's Christian Menzell, who had a win and a second place over the weekend.

After O'Young, who started third on the grid, pulled into the lead, he focused on not being overly aggressive in his driving and extended his lead to nearly three seconds. He said any time spent driving was important in helping him work towards a second PCCA championship and an improvement on last year's 20th-place finish in the Supercup.

Also in the PCCA, Hong Kong's Marchy Lee Ying-kin finished second in the first race and fourth in the second, after driving with mechanical problems. Matthew Marsh finished sixth and fifth.

Meanwhile, Ross Jamison is also hoping to reap the psychological benefits after the first Formula BMW Pacific race of the year yielded a first win in a formula car. He followed the victory with a runner-up finish in the series' second race.

'Obviously, it helps with confidence and I was expecting to be competitive this year,' said Jamison, 17. 'The win did reaffirm how competitive the team can be and I'm very much looking forward to the next round [also at Sepang]. It's a track I enjoy a lot and hopefully I should be able to repeat the result.'

Jamison, in his second year of Formula BMW Pacific, said the win - achieved by a whopping 29 seconds - was exactly how he wanted to start the season. The series resumes on May 17 with another two rounds at Sepang.

'[The break] does make it a bit hard,' Jamison said. 'In a sense, the win does motivate you. But you're so eager to get back in the car it's easy to be motivated.'