Hong Kong's top drivers are following divergent paths as the recession continues to bite. Darryl O'Young is out to defend his title in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia series which begins at the Shanghai International Circuit on Friday. The 29-year-old Team Jebsen ace has secured another season racing in the series as a two-time Porsche champion having first won the series in 2006. Marchy Lee Ying-kin, Hong Kong's best and most experienced single-wheel driver, is finishing up competing in the Speedcar Series, a V8 touring speed car series, which wraps up in Bahrain on April 24. Lee is also slated to compete in several endurance races, namely the Merdeka Millennium Endurance race and the Asia Le Mans Series in August. But while O'Young and Lee have both secured contracts to race regularly, Hong Kong's brightest prospect, Ross Jamison, has been sidelined due to a lack of sponsorship and is unsure of his future. The reigning Formula BMW Pacific series champion has faced a difficult winter with the financial uncertainty dictating his plans for the year. 'We had to change our plans completely this year. Rather than move to Formula Three, we are now trying to put a budget together to do Formula V6 Asia with Meritus. If we can't raise a budget for a whole season we will try to do one off races to keep me in a car. Seat time is very important,' the 19-year-old said. Jamison said the credit crunch had made it difficult for him to secure contracts, although an Indy Lights team (Indy Lights is the feeder series to the Indy Racing League, the pinnacle of open-wheeler racing in America) have expressed an interest in him. 'I'll be in America for about a week in the next two weeks so the team can have a look at me and vice versa. I'll do my best to impress and if everything goes well, they will help us put the budget in place to do at least half the season in Indy Lights,' the teenager said. The former King George V student, who completed his A-Levels last year, has not forgotten his studies and is off to Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh in September. 'The plan is to keep education and racing running beside each other,' he said. Meanwhile, O'Young is looking forward to defending his title in the Porsche series - and grateful that Team Jebsen had stuck by him all these years. 'It's been a tough situation for me but fortunately I will be doing a fifth full season for Team Jebsen. Our team is the most experienced team in the series. Last year, I only missed the podium once and that was because of mechanical problems so we're confident of doing well again.' the Canadian-born racer said. In addition to the Porsche series, O'Young said he is also down to compete a full season in the eight-round FIA GT Championship for Porsche. 'My primary goal was to race in a world series and I am grateful for Prospeed Competition for giving me the chance to race for them. It's a big step forward in my career,' he said.