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O'Young wins inaugural Windsor Arch Macau GT Cup

19-11-2008

Team Jebsen's Darryl O'Young won the inaugural Windsor Arch Macau GT Cup from lights to flag today, dominating the race in his Porsche 997 GT3 Cup car. Hong Kong's O'Young was joined on the podium by Briton Danny Watts, also in a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup car, and Japan's Keita Sawa in a Lamborghini Gallardo GT3.

Portugal's Cesar Campanico in a Ferrari F360 Challenge and Hong Kong's Samson Chan Kai Yiu in a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup M were fourth and fifth respectively, while local favourite Rodolfo Avila of Macau was forced to retire mid-way through the 10-lap race with mechanical problems.

O'Young dominated from the start, establishing a gap of nearly three seconds from Watts by the end of the first lap. He would extend the gap to nearly six seconds before the Safety Car was called out on lap six. As racing resumed, O'Young was off again, roaring unchallenged to the chequered flag.

Said O'Young, who has now won at Macau three times: "This was almost a perfect race for me. My biggest concern had been getting into traffic in the later laps of the race, but when the Safety Car came out, I didn't have to worry about that. We had good pace the entire weekend, and the car was fantastic."

Watts, also a two-time winner at Macau, has raced O'Young several times, including in this year's Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, where Watts finished 9th overall. Though he had hoped to challenge for the win, the Briton found no such chance: "Darryl's power advantage was so huge," Watts said. "My car was great through the mountain bits, but on any straight Darryl was able to blow us away, and I never had a chance unless he made a mistake."

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