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O'Young Strengthens Championship Lead with Convincing Win Team Jebsen's Darryl O'Young strengthened his position at the top of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia leaderboard, taking a convincing win in Round 7 at Indonesia's Sentul International ...

O'Young Strengthens Championship Lead with Convincing Win

Team Jebsen's Darryl O'Young strengthened his position at the top of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia leaderboard, taking a convincing win in Round 7 at Indonesia's Sentul International Circuit today. The Hong Kong racer grabbed the lead at the start and never looked back, opening up an impressive gap of more than three seconds by the chequered flag.

Second across the line at the end of the 15-lap race was GruppeM Racing's Tim Sugden who, having reeled in Team StarChase ace Christian Menzel in the closing laps after losing two places off the start, managed to charge past the German on the final lap.

Class B pole-sitter Philip Ma of Hong Kong converted his grid advantage with a victory, ahead of Malaysia's Tunku Hammam and Singapore's Melvin Choo of ThunderAsia Racing.

Said a delighted O'Young, who also set the fastest lap of the race: "This is the first win for Team Jebsen in Indonesia, which is just fantastic! My start was OK, but Tim made a mistake and I was able to get up front. I managed to open the gap. You have to be really smooth on this circuit, it's very difficult to find the right set up and I'm delighted the team did such a great job."

Sugden was disappointed to have lost his pole position advantage: "It was a dreadful start. I was concerned about the grip and I reduced the revs a little. Off the start I tried to block Christian (Menzel), but he was coming too quickly. The battle between me and Christian and between Marchy and Christian (Jones), allowed Darryl to build a gap at the front. I'm very pleased with my result though."

Menzel was full of praise for the Briton: "I compliment Tim for making use of the chance to overtake me. It was at the slow chicane on the final lap. He was putting me under pressure and I made a mistake and went off line, where it is very dirty and there is no grip, and he got past. This circuit is very difficult for a newcomer and experience is important. It will be much easier for me if I come back next year!"

Sugden's disastrous start meant both the Team Jebsen ace and Menzel got by the Briton. Christian Jones got away well and managed to get by Team BetterLife's Marchy Lee on the opening lap to go fourth. SC Global Racing's Matthew Marsh made up a place on the opening lap, overtaking Sunseeker Asia's Alain Li.

O'Young immediately set about pulling out a gap at the front, with Menzel keeping ahead of Sugden. The drama, however, was behind them with Lee all over the back of Jones, getting by on lap 6. Lee then closed in on Sugden and, at the start of lap 9, dived past the Briton to go 2nd, albeit briefly. An error by Lee saw him spin, letting both Sugden and Jones get by and relegating him back down the field to fifth.

That setback didn't deter Lee, and he had another try at getting past Jones on Lap 10, but had to wait until the penultimate lap of the race to make it stick, and he crossed the finish line in fourth.

The drama wasn't over, however, and Sugden made his move on Menzel on the last lap, grabbing second place from the German and, more crucially, those vital extra points.

Indonesian driver Danny Chu crossed the line ninth overall, and is showing improvement with every outing in his debut season.

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia continues this afternoon, with Round 8 run over 15 laps of the 3.960km Sentul International Circuit.

-credit: porsche.com/carreracup

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Series Porsche
Drivers Darryl O'Young , Matthew Marsh , Christian Jones , Christian Menzel , Marchy Lee , Philip Ma