AP: Round two Sepang race report

Victory for O'Young while Hammam Scores a Double for Malaysia Team Jebsen's Darryl O'Young took the Class A victory today in Round 2 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, ahead of Round 1 winner Christian Menzel of Team StarChase and Team Opes...

Victory for O'Young while Hammam Scores a Double for Malaysia

Team Jebsen's Darryl O'Young took the Class A victory today in Round 2 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, ahead of Round 1 winner Christian Menzel of Team StarChase and Team Opes Prime's Christian Jones.

In Class B, Malaysia's Tunku Hammam took his second win of the weekend, with Philip Ma once again on the podium. Melvin Choo of ThunderAsia Racing crossed the line 3rd, having taken Australian series newcomer Greg Ward on the final lap.

O'Young, Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Champion in 2006 and looking this season for a second title as well as contesting the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup for a second year, is back with his Blue Girl livery which he believes may be his lucky charm: "It was a great race, although there was really low grip and a lot of sliding about. I realised I had to be smooth rather than fast. I had a few lock ups but no real dramas."

Menzel meanwhile was philosophical to have missed out on a second win after running wide on the opening lap. After two rounds, he tops the leaderboard with a two point margin from O'Young.

Starting from pole, the German got away brilliantly, but track conditions got the better of him: "I was really surprised how bad the track conditions were. I had a perfect start, and 75% of the lap was OK. I braked a little early like yesterday, but suddenly there was no grip at all!"

Jones, meanwhile, has proven he is once again a force to be reckoned with. Still under the weather health-wise, he nevertheless managed to hold on to 3rd in the 10 lap race in what were scorching conditions.

The drama started even before the lights went out, when GruppeM Racing's Tim Sugden, the reigning champion whose superb performance in Round 1 was negated by a puncture in the final lap, suffered a technical problem and didn't take the start.

Menzel got away from pole well, but O'Young stole the march on Lee and moved up to 2nd. When Menzel ran wide on lap one, O'Young took the lead and never looked back, opening up a gap of 2.670 seconds by the chequered flag.

Further down the field, Speed Sri Lanka driver Dilantha Malagamuwa, Alain Li and Hammam were dicing for position. The Sri Lankan eventually got by the Sunseeker Asia driver, leaving him with the trio of Hammam, Mok Weng Sun of Team PCS Racing and Ringo Chong of Team Kangshun furiously trying to get by.

In the searing heat, Li not only had to keep his wits about him to hold the chasing pack behind him, but concentrate on the track ahead: "They kept me honest!" he joked. "It was a great race -- one of the best since I joined the series. A lot of clean overtaking and I had a great time. I've been trying to work on my focus. I've made a few mistakes in the past, but I try to re-focus on the straights, to use them to gather my thoughts."

Li held firm to take 7th overall, ahead of Hammam, Mok and Chong. Hammam, who overtook both Dilantha and Li at one stage, enjoyed mixing it with the Class A drivers, but wasn't about to jeopardise precious Class B points: "I thought to myself, why risk it? But I've been talking with my engineer, and with the right settings, maybe I could give the Class A boys a run for their money."

-credit: porsche.com/carreracup

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Series Porsche
Drivers Dilantha Malagamuwa , Tim Sugden , Darryl O'Young , Christian Jones , Melvin Choo , Alain Li , Ringo Chong , Philip Ma , Mok Weng Sun