Making his ROAL Motorsport debut in a BMW 320TC at the 2013 World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) season opener in Monza yesterday, Hong Kong car racer Darryl O’Young, who qualified as the top BMW 320TC driver, banked eight points after battling in the rain for both races. He now ranks 5th in the WTCC independents’ standings.
“There are many positives to take away from this weekend such as our qualifying pace. I feel very confident as we head into the next few races. The conditions for Sunday race day completely changed everything for us, as it rained the entire day and rear wheel drive cars are known to struggle in the rain.” The 32-yea-old, whose birthday is coming tomorrow, continues. “It’s frustrating as I feel the pole position (of Race 2) was wasted this time in Italy.”
Starting in the 10th place in the opening race, O’Young lost a few places to Marc Basseng, Gabriele Tarquini and Stefano D’Aste as the trio got past him as early as the second lap. The Macau WTCC independents winners did fight back to reclaim a few places as the race went on, but he went into gravel later on lap 9 before finishing with an independent P6, and overall P13.
O’Young started the second race from pole on reverse grid. Despite conceding a few places approaching the end of the first lap, the 32-year-old was able to focus on scoring as many points as possible and crossed the finish line as the fourth fastest car in the independent class.
A top six and another top four finish in Monza allowed Darryl to pocket eight valuable points in his maiden race with his new team, a befitting outcome echoing the qualifying results, especially given the severe intervention on the morning.
The next race will be held in Morocco, on the Marrakech street circuit, in two weeks’ time.
Qualifying 1 at Monza – Independent P4 & Overall P8
“It was a fantastic qualifying session for me this weekend here in Monza. This circuit is known to be one of the worst tracks for the BMW with its long straights, so we knew a top 5 in qualifying wouldn’t be possible here on this track. My target was to qualify in the top 10 overall and also be the top BMW in the field, and this was exactly what we achieved in qualifying.”
Qualifying 2 at Monza – Independent P4 & Overall P10
“I got the maximum from my BMW today and it was the best result I could have hoped for here in Monza WTCC qualifying. I am the top BMW, and most importantly, pole position for Race 2.”
Race 1 at Monza (2013 round 1) – Independent P6 & Overall P13
“In race 1, I struggled for grip in the rain and began getting passed by the front wheel drive cars. Some small contact with Swiss driver Freddy Barth put me through the gravel and this cost me several positions. At the end, I was able to recover but it was disappointing.”
Race 2 at Monza (2013 round 2) – Independent P4 & Overall P12
“In race 2, I started from pole position but I knew it would be impossible to hold the lead in the heavy rain conditions. I decided not to give too much of a fight to the front wheel drive cars and focus on scoring as many points as possible. I held the lead only for two corners and the front wheel drive cars passed me like I was standing still.”
Sponsors LKM and FUSPEED are the major forces behind Darryl’s pursuit of success in the 2013 FIM World Touring Car Championship. Please visit www.fiawtcc.com for more WTCC information and www.darryloyoung.com for the latest updates about Darryl.