A faulty start spoiled the party for Hong Kong's Darryl O'Young in the rain-hit Porsche Carrera Cup race, the main supporting event on the Grand Prix programme. Championship leader O'Young, the Team Jebsen driver and the pole sitter yesterday, almost stalled on the grid. 'Somehow I didn't have adequate wheel spin on my fronts at the start,' said O' Young, who slipped to fourth place early on but recovered to second after only three laps, which is where he finished. 'The mistake cost me dearly, taking into consideration that I actually posted the best lap of the race,' O'Young said. 'The speed was definitely there.' The 12-lap race was terminated on the final lap, a sudden downpour forcing stewards to haul out the red flag. Japan's Shinichi Yamaji, O'Young's nearest challenger in the title race, conquered the treacherous, wet conditions to claim the victory, seven seconds ahead of O'Young. Yamaji's teammate, Kazuyuki Nishizawa, claimed the final podium spot, but finished his race in the gravel after spinning off shortly before the race was stopped after being involved in a duel with Hong Kong's Matthew Marsh. Marsh, who started alongside O'Young on the grid, was credited with fourth place after also finding the gravel, a braking problem adding to weather-induced difficulties. At one stage, O'Young had pushed to within two seconds of the lead, but Yamaji held on. 'The rainfall was so hard that even the best tyre in the world would have had no grip,' said O'Young. Despite seeing his championship lead cut from 14 points to 12, O'Young was upbeat about the chances of winning his first Porsche Carrera Cup title with three races left. 'The result today is still acceptable as I made it into the top three after all and maintained a considerable lead,' said O'Young. 'I'm glad to see that the last three races will all be held in China, which would continue to give me a sort of home advantage.' From Shanghai, the series will make its debut at the Zhuhai International Circuit in Southern China with two rounds on October 22, before the grand finale - and what could again be the title-decider - at the Macau Grand Prix on November 19.