Darryl O'YoungHong Kong race driver Darryl O’Young, embarks on the greatest journey of his career to date by entering two FIA World Championships in 2012, the FIA World Touring Car Championship and the FIA GT1 World Championship. This is a major milestone in his career and for Chinese motorsport as he will be one of the only drivers in the world to compete in two world championship categories in the same season. The FIA WTCC and the FIA GT1 World are the two most prestigious and competitive touring car and GT racing series’ in the world.

Having previously driven a Chevrolet Cruze for Bamboo Engineering for the past 2 seasons, O’Young makes a switch to a new SEAT Leon 1.6 Turbo for British Team, Special Tuning Racing. O’Young enters his 3rd season in the WTCC and is determined to take his experience from the previous 2 years to challenge for the independents world title and take his first overall victory in the series.

His entry to the FIA GT1 World will be his rookie season in this world championship. He is partnering experienced Dutchman, Peter Kox in a Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+ on his maiden season with the German outfit, Reiter Engineering. The action packed one hour races feature pit stops and driver changes, which will count on a strong team effort to give the experienced duo race victories this year.

This extensive program will see the Hong Kong race driver compete in 18 different countries in 22 weekends, adding up to a grand total of 44 races this season. His global race schedule is highlighted with a stop in Shanghai and Macau in the WTCC and two stops in Mainland China in Beijing and Ordos for the FIA GT1 before closing the season out in India in December.

On WTCC: “My move to compete in the SEAT Leon 1.6 Turbo is something I see as a long term development. With support from SEAT Sport coming back to the WTCC this year, I feel there is a real chance to fight for race victories during the season. Although it is a new engine and a new team, we are all working hard to take big step forward as the season progresses. Special Tuning Racing is a team with many years experience working with SEATS, and my team mate Tom Boardman has also driven these cars a lot, so it is a great situation for me. I have to thank LKM, A-Ha Coffee, and SEAT for making this all possible.”

On GT1: “In the FIA GT1 World Championship, it is an exciting move for me this season. The Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+ is a very competitive race car and together with an experienced team like Reiter Engineering, I feel we can really fight for race wins this season. My team mate, Peter Kox is very fast and he is a proven driver, so I can firstly learn alot from him, but also match up against him to push myself as a driver. Without all my sponsors, this isn’t possible so again, thank you to all that are involved in this project.”

On his 2012 race program: “I’m super excited about the 2012 season. I was already very happy to be back in the FIA WTCC this season, but to add the FIA GT1 World Championship to my racing calendar is simply amazing. This is something I never imagined possible and I feel blessed to have the chance to be one of the only drivers in the world to compete in two FIA World Championships. These opportunities don’t come along every day and I intend to capitalize on this unbelievable chance and help Hong Kong and China shine on the motorsport world stage.”