Superior strategy works wonders as O'Young and Marsh book front row for Porsche Carrera Cup Hong Kong had a day to celebrate yesterday as two of its speedster sons qualified for front-row grid positions in the latest round of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. Darryl O'Young of the Hong Kong-based Team Jebsen took his fifth pole position of the season, lapping the 5.45km Shanghai circuit in 2:11.38, just over a second ahead of fellow Hong Kong driver Matthew Marsh of the Gates GR Asia team. The 45-minute qualifying session took place in capricious weather. It was clear for the first 15 minutes but the track was swept by drizzle and gusty winds for the rest of the time. 'The elements made it a very tough qualifying session,' said O'Young, 26, who has notched up five victories this season and leads the championship by 14 points over Shinichi Yamaji of Tomo Racing. Yamaji will start third in the race today. 'A lot of it came down to strategy. I decided to go out immediately after the session started even with the track being pretty wet as a result of showers that came down in the morning. 'I found a perfect space, not only in terms of the relatively better conditions, but also with less spinning and less traffic at that moment, and came up with the best time in only my second lap on the track. I could have gone faster in the third but then came the traffic.' The rain started to set in as the session rolled on, forcing O'Young to go into the pits and take on a new set of tyres after six laps. 'We were waiting for the track to dry but it never did, making my early mark unbeatable,' said O'Young. 'To sum it up, we have made a really good decision in terms of strategy today.' Marsh, O' Young's partner in the now-defunct Hong Kong Le Mans project, went for the same strategy of coming out early, although he enjoyed slightly less luck. 'The key point is that Hong Kong is not known for being a motorsport country but in fact it is,' said Marsh. 'With Hong Kong getting the top qualifying results today in the Porsche Carrera Cup, the foremost motor racing series in Asia, we are showing those who questioned our capacity to race at Le Mans just what we are capable of. 'I hope Darryl will go on to win the championship and I hope he will win the race tomorrow. But if he can't, I will do it for him. It's going to be one of us.'