Chinese-Malaysian is determined to make up for his disappointing F1 campaign Chinese-Malaysian speed demon Alex Yoong wants to win today's Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup - and he wants it bad. Racing in front of a massive crowd at a state-of-the-art circuit and on the occasion of China's inaugural Grand Prix would be some of the incentives for drivers to push to the limit on this, the biggest occasion for mainland motorsport. But for 28-year-old Yoong, winning in Shanghai would mean more than that. It would mean respect. For the driver who has been unfairly maligned following his bitterly disappointing campaign for Minardi in Formula One several years ago, victory in front of the world's press and in front of his own people would also be some sort of vindication. Yoong, who was specially invited to compete as a VIP driver, was looking forward to racing in one of the most important contests of his career - even though the Porsche race acts as a support event for the Formula One showpiece. For those who have followed the trials and tribulations of Yoong's career, one would know that the Kuala Lumpur-born driver does not hold happy memories of his time in Formula One. His seventh placing at the 2002 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne was his best achievement in an otherwise forgettable season for the Minardi team that did little to demonstrate his enormous driving talent. Now, he has returned to the limelight again, but in a completely different car. Only three years ago, Yoong was driving alongside the likes of Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello and Juan Pablo Montoya. He now has to contend with names like Rizal Ramli of Malaysia and Hong Kong-based Briton Matthew Marsh in a one-off invitation race. No matter. A race is a race and Yoong wants to win. 'Everyone in the top five in qualifying would think it's important to win because it's the first [China Grand Prix] race. I am half Chinese as well. It would be special to win here,' said Yoong, who starts in third spot on the grid behind pole sitter Marsh. The Mobil1 team engaged Yoong's services, having seen him do a 'tremendous' job in winning another one-off Porsche race at the Macau Grand Prix last year. 'I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will do well,' said Yoong. Yoong would need a bit of luck if he is to win this afternoon's race, which runs as part of the Asian Festival of Speed, organised by Malaysian-based Motorsport Asia Limited. He's just three hundreds of a second slower than Marsh, who continued to dominate in qualifying with the fastest time of two minutes and 12.136 seconds. Ramli was second quickest in 2:12.170, while Yoong clocked 2:12.270 despite losing power after a clutch problem. 'Even though I did a 2:12.27, the car was losing power at that point when we were having problems with the clutch. I am a bit disappointed because I thought we could have done a bit better. We need to take the car apart and fix the problem. 'If we fix the problem, I have a very good chance to win,' said Yoong, who shunted Hong Kong driver Siu Tit-lung in the early part of the session yesterday. 'It's my fault,' said Yoong apologetically of the shunt. 'He [Siu] was going slowly while I was having a hot lap. So I thought he was letting me through, but he wasn't. So I tapped him and he spun. I apologised to him for it.' Marsh, continued to set the pace, though admitting it was a nerve-wracking experience keeping his top status. 'The temperature was going up and going down and it was difficult to know what to do,' said Marsh. 'But it's obviously fantastic to be in pole position,' said the Briton, who celebrated his 36th birthday on Friday by setting the fastest time in practice. Marsh added: 'I will try to lead in the first lap and then break the mirror off and throw it out of the window and then just do 10 fastest laps. To be honest, I think I am a bit new to being in front of a championship series. This is the first time I have done a series fully in my life. I am not thinking about winning the championship, but thinking of winning every race.' Ramli was just happy to be sitting in second spot after starting the session in fifth place. The former British Formula Three driver said: 'I had four or five laps when the qualifying sessions start when I was on wrong tyres. I came back in and relaxed and got composed and checked my time difference and whatnot. Then, I put on new tyres and then bang! After two flying laps, I was second. I am happy. 'The difference between me and Matthew Marsh is only a couple of hundreds of a second. I hope to get a good start [today]. My plan really is to finish among the top five because there are a lot of good drivers. Second on the grid is an achievement and a good bonus for myself, so I am happy.'