O'Young hat-trick hope 'was lost on first bend'
It pays to be wide and fat sometimes. Just ask Darryl O'Young Yeuk-hay, who who failed to win a hat-trick of titles in the Macau GT Cup after being thwarted by the broad Lamborghini driven by Japanese driver Keita Sawa.
Hong Kong's two-time defending champion O'Young, who began the 10-lap race in pole position, was unable to pass the Gallardo GT3 on the narrow and twisting Guia circuit after losing his top spot at the first corner.
'It is disappointing, you win some, you lose some,' O'Young said. 'I won this race the last two years and it is always a disappointment [to be beaten], especially with so many of my friends and family here supporting me.'
The Canadian-born 29-year-old, driving a Team Jebsen Porsche Cup S, was caught unawares right at the start of the race when Sawa overtook him in a split-second manoeuvre. 'The torque of the Lamborghini was good and he got off the line really well and passed me quickly. I lost the race in that first corner,' O'Young said.
'His car is also wide, and I had no space to get back the lead, although I tried on a number of occasions. It is easy to make mistakes out there, but all credit to Sawa, he made very few and it made my task difficult.'
He added: 'I had my best chance right at the end of the race, but the yellow flag came out [prohibiting overtaking] and I lost a good opportunity to go past him coming into Lisboa corner on the final lap.'
Sawa took the chequered flag in 31 minutes 15,580 seconds - just 0.285 seconds ahead of O'Young. Briton Daniel Watts, driving a Porsche 997 GT3, was third. Former Formula One driver Alex Yoong driving a Malaysian-made Bufori, was unable to finish the race, lasting only four laps.