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O'Young on pole for new Windsor Arch Macau GT Cup

19-11-2008

Team Jebsen driver Darryl O'Young continued his impressive form at Macau, securing pole position in his Porsche 997 GT3 Cup for Sunday's Windsor Arch Macau GT Cup. O'Young's impressive time of 2:27.110 was more than two seconds faster than that of Briton Danny Watts, also in a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup, who will start alongside O'Young on the first row.

Japan's Keita Sawa will start from third on the grid in his Lamborghini Gallardo GT3. Macanese driver Rodolfo Avila in a Ferrari F430 GT3 and Portuguese driver Cesar Campanico in a Ferrari F360 Challenge qualified fourth and fifth, respectively.

O'Young was strategic in his quest to attain pole, securing the position early in the session. The Hong Kong driver was pleased that qualifying had gone according to plan: "Everything with the car feels good. It's not going to be a race of sheer pace, but one that's going to involve seeing who gets through traffic clearly and smartly."

Watts, competing at Macau for the seventh time, said he was happy to be on the front row and said the team had done their best. Of his chances of taking a third win at the Macau Grand Prix, Watts said: "The first lap will quite possibly decide the race. It's very important to get into the lead into Lisboa and if I don't, it's going to be very difficult to overtake unless Darryl makes a mistake."

Avila, the newly crowned Asian Super Car Challenge champion and local favourite, was comfortable with his qualifying position and expected to challenge for a podium position. "Today was a little bit better and I was more confident," said Avila, who has competed on the Guia Circuit since 2002, although this is his first year racing in a sportscar. "I think I can fight for third place and I think that I can get a podium for Macau."

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