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Darryl O'YoungHong Kong Chinese racing driver, Darryl O’Young, has signed with Aston Martin Racing in a Bamboo Engineering run Aston Martin Vantage GTE for the LM GTE Pro class of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). O’Young becomes the first Chinese full season driver in the WEC, making his move after completing 4 seasons in the World Touring Car Championship from 2010-2013.

O’Young will be entering the WEC season with a 3 man driver line-up this year, partnering with Alex Macdowall of Great Britain and Fernando Rees of Brazil. With an ultra-competitive roster of the worlds best GT drivers entered in this year’s WEC, it will make for a season of close hard fought racing on their quest for the FIA World Championship title.

Says O’Young, “I will miss the World Touring Car Championship as it was a great racing series. I enjoyed my 4 seasons there and had some great races and made nice friendships. With the new regulations in the WTCC, it was difficult to enter the championship so I began exploring other options.”

O’Young continued, “I competed the past 2 years with Craft Racing AMR and got to know the guys at Aston Martin Racing. Combine this with my strong relationship with Bamboo Engineering and it has now formed a perfect program for me in the WEC. I have had success in GT Racing and at the Le Mans 24 last year, so I hope to take all this experience and turn it into a successful campaign together with Alex and Fernando. It will be a very tough season as the driver line-ups in the GTE Pro category are very strong, but I am confident that if we all work together as a team, we can come out on top. It is an honor to represent Aston Martin Racing this year in the #99 Aston.”

The FIA World Endurance Championship enters its 2nd season since its return. Organized by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and sanctioned by the FIA, the race calendar includes 8 rounds, with 7 rounds of 6 hour races and the 24 hours of Le Mans. The series kicks off on April 20th at Silverstone in the United Kingdom.

O’Young continues his long-time partnership with Lung Kee Metal (LKM) and Fuspeed in his 2014 world championship campaign.

Craft AMRIt was only one year ago when Hong Kong’s Craft Racing AMR made their first appearance at an International 24 hour endurance race. It was a tremendous week as they walked away finishing above even their own expectations to capture the biggest result in the team’s history, 3rd place overall at the 24 hours of Dubai.

This year, Craft Racing AMR will return to Dubai a stronger team with bigger ambitions and ready for an all-out assault for overall victory. Entering 2 Aston Martin Vantage GT3’s, the team lines-up with two stellar driver line-ups, a more mature racing team, and strong support from Aston Martin Racing.

Leading the charge in the #07 is one of the strongest line-ups in the field, with 2 Aston Martin factory drivers Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke, paired with Hong Kong’s Darryl O’Young and Japan’s Tomonobu Fujii. They were close to victory last year, and come back hungrier than ever to take the top step of the podium.

In the #17 Craft Racing AMR entry, Hong Kong GT Driver Frank Yu returns to the race alongside Frenchman Jean-Marc Merlin. The pair carry with them tremendous experience at Dubai and will be ready to face the field paired with two top professionals, Britain’s Richard Lyons and Japan’s Keita Sawa. All out speed may not be the top priority in #17, but a consistent race plan may make them the dark-horse of the race.

Mark Goddard, Team Principle: “The team is really pumped to be back at Dubai and our aim is to get on the top step of the podium with one of our Aston Martin Vantage GT3 cars. Last year Dubai was our first 24 hour race and we were thrilled to finish third overall. We now have two cars with great driver line-ups and this, plus our previous experience at Dubai, gives us great confidence that we can achieve a good result again this year.”

Darryl O’Young, Driver #07: “I’m very proud of what Craft Racing has accomplished in 2013, as I’ve seen first-hand the hard work that has gone into it. 2014 is a new year and everyone is focused to take the next big step forward. Dubai 24 hours is one of the toughest challenges of the year due to the large number of entries and high traffic, so staying focused on not making mistakes is the single most important thing. This race will serve as great preparation for Craft Racing AMR ahead of the Le Mans 24 later this year in June.

Darren Turner, Driver #07: “We learned from last year that this race has a large field and a high level of competition. The strategy is very different to races in the WEC or in America, so that should play a big factor into the race result. I’m looking forward to returning to Craft Racing AMR as they have a great group of guys, and hopefully I can help the team to achieve success.”

Stefan Muecke, Driver #07: “Great to be back in Dubai where I first started driving for Craft Racing last year and finished 3rd. This year, we want to be on the top step! A 24hr race is always a big challenge especially with so many cars in different classes like in Dubai.”

Tomonobu Fujii, Driver #07: “I’m really happy to join again the Craft Racing AMR for the 24Hrs DUBAI this year. It will be the 2nd time for me racing at Dubai and also the working with their great drivers. It has been clear to me that Craft racing AMR has a strong package and I look forward to driving their V12 vantage GT3. We will try our best as usual and give it a good go for the victory!!”

Keita Sawa, Driver #17: “I really appreciate joining a great team like Craft racing AMR. I’m proud that I have become a part of this team and for sure I will use all my experience to help the team succeed. I feel really excited for the big race, Dubai 24. I think this week will be good preparation for the Le Mans 24h in June! I’m sure both of our cars have the potential to finish the tough race as the team has prepared well.”

Richard Lyons, Driver #17: “I’m really looking forward to my first 24hr race and first time to drive in Dubai. It’s great to join with Craft Racing AMR again and hope we can take up where we left off our last outing in Asia with another win!”

Jean-Marc Merlin, Driver #17: “This will be my 8th time racing at the Dubai 24hrs and I have been impressed by the continuing improvement of the field. After a year in a LMP2 in the WEC, I am looking forward to adapting back to the GT3 in the best and most desirable car in the field. I want to thank Frank Yu and Craft Racing for giving me the opportunity to join his team and to partner with such a great driver line-up.”

John Gaw, Aston Martin Racing Managing Director: “2013 was a great year for Craft Racing that ended with the now 2 car partner team with an entry to the Le Mans 24 hours this year, but it all started with a 3rd place finish at the Dubai 24 hours. They return stronger this year after a year of terrific results in GT Asia, the Asian Le Mans Series and at Macau in the GT Cup. Both cars have experienced driver line ups with strength in depth and the car crew will be sharp following just a short break following the last race at Sepang only a few weeks ago. Overall victory is not an easy target with an increased level of competition at this the first major event of 2014, but it is surely the objective for Craft Racing and AMR look forward to giving them the best support possible.”

Frank Yu, Team Founder and Driver #17: “We finished 2013 by winning an entry to Le Mans, so we hope to start the New Year off with a strong result in Dubai. The race continues to grow in competition and stature, which is why we committed to a two car entry this year. We welcome Jean-Marc Merlin to our team, and welcome back all the remaining drivers which have contributed to Craft Racing’s success in 2013. Having everyone together in a single event is a perfect way to start a new season.”

Craft RacingIt was a magical day for Hong Kong racing team Craft Racing AMR as their #007 entry crossed the finish line at the Sepang International Circuit to grab the final podium position at the Asian Le Mans Series season finale. The points haul was enough for Craft Racing to secure 2nd place in the GTC class and claim the coveted invitation to the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans in France.

Craft Racing entered two Aston Martin Vantage GT3’s in the Asian Le Mans Series this past weekend, the first time to line-up on the grid with two cars this season. The #009 entry of Darryl O’Young, Frank Yu, and Tomonobu Fujii started P2, followed closely by the #007 of Stefan Mücke and Keita Sawa starting P3 on the grid for the 3 hour endurance race.

When the green flag dropped, both cars made strong starts and after two turns, the starting drivers of Mucke and O’Young emerged in 1st and 2nd in the class. The pair extended their lead pulling over 20 seconds away from the field before the first round of pit stops.

With re-fueling taking longer than expected, the team lost their lead heading into the 2nd hour when Sawa and Yu took over the wheel. The pair fought hard through the intense heat of Malaysia, which saw the pair sitting in P3 and P5 respectively by the end of their stints. Shortly before the final hour, the #007 was passed back to Mucke, as Yu finished his stint and handed the car to Fujii for the run to the checkered flag.

#007 emerged P3 after the final pit stops and being in a good position to score enough points to secure the Le Mans entry, the team decided to stop chase of the leaders and maintain the position. Doing the opposite, #009 was making a charge in the final 30 minutes of the race reducing a 25 second deficit to the fourth placed Lamborghini ahead. The chase came a bit short at the end as #009 crossed the finish line just two seconds behind, having to settle for P5 after a sensational drive by Fujii.

Although Craft Racing missed out on the victory, it was celebrations all around as the #007 crossed the finish line in P3 claiming 2nd place in the GTC championship and claiming the coveted 24 hours of Le Mans entry.

Craft Racing AMR had their first major endurance race success earlier this year in January, where they became the first Hong Kong race team to take an international endurance race podium at the 24 hours of Dubai. The team will return to Dubai this January to try and improve on their success at the event.

Said team founder Frank Yu, “This is a dream come true as our Hong Kong team will be heading to Le Mans. This is a big step for Craft Racing, as we made Le Mans our target from the outset and to achieve this result is a great reward to everyone on the team for all the hard work. We will all enjoy this special moment right now, but work will start again immediately as we prepare for a big race in January at the 24 hours of Dubai and preparations for Le Mans.”

Hong Kong driver, Darryl O’Young commented, “Endurance racing is a team sport and everyone at Craft Racing worked so hard for this result. We struggled today with tire degradation, so it wasn’t an easy race for the drivers. Everyone pulled together and gave it a strong team effort and I am so happy for the team as this is a major accomplishment.”

Team Principle, Mark Goddard added, “It is a tremendous day for our us as getting a Le Mans invitation is one of the biggest challenges for a race team. Scoring an early invitation allows us time to prepare properly for the race in June and we can begin organizing the logistics, sponsors and the driver line-ups for the race. It will be a big challenge ahead but we have worked hard for many years to achieve this and we are ready for the task. Many thanks to all our sponsors and supporters for believing in us, and a special thank you to Aston Martin Racing for all the continued support.”

Darryl O'YoungAfter escaping last Saturday’s crash at the Qualifying of the Race of Slovakia unharmed, ROAL Motorsport driver Darryl O’Young proved why he is Hong Kong’s number one race car driver as he scored eight points from two races despite starting both from the second last spot on the grid.

Having oversteer his car to crash out at the Qualifying and failed to record a time, O’Young was forced to start at the 22nd place out of 23 cars. However, not even this can stop the 33-year-old from turning in some heroic performance, as Darryl recovered well in both races, and stormed to an independent podium and an overall top ten finish in the second race in Slovakia.

It goes without saying the hard work of ROAL Motorsport’s mechanics are to be credited as they helped repaired the crashed BMW TC 320 overnight, but it was Darryl’s incredible driving that saw him rocketed to an independent P7 and an overall P14 finish in the opening race despite starting from the back of the pack. O’Young then further improved in the second race, outpacing a few more opponents to finish third in the Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy, while also breaking into the overall top ten.

“My car was handling very well and I had a very good race pace. After passing several cars on the standing start, I was able to pass several other cars throughout the race, advancing from P22 on the grid up to P10 by the end of the race. I was pleased to claim my first independent podium of the season and score some further World Championship points,” a satisfied O’Young spoke of his second race after the chequered flag.

Results in Slovakia see O’Young pocketed eight points during this race weekend to stay fourth on the independent standings. Drivers and teams will next travel to Hungary for Round 4 of the calendar, which is set to take place on Hungaroring later this week.

Qualifying 1 at Slovakia Ring – DNF
“On the first lap of the qualifying session, I was going through Turn 9 and got a oversteer on the exit of the turn sending me off through the grass and gravel. This put me into the tire wall at 160 kilometers per hour, my biggest crash ever in WTCC.”

Race 1 at Slovakia Ring (2013 round 5) – Independent P7 & Overall P14
“I started well and overtake several cars through turn 1, I had good pace but began struggling with my tires from the middle of the race and I could no longer attack anymore. I was happy to come from the back of the grid up to P14 and score P7 in the independent class.”

Race 2 at Slovakia (2013 round 6) – Independent P3 & Overall P10
“We made some changes to the car and they worked very well. I caught up to the top 10 group after some fast laps and began to attack Mehdi Bennani for the last five laps of the race. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a way pass him.”

Sponsors LKM and FUSPEED are the major forces behind Darryl’s pursuit of success in the 2013 FIA World Touring Car Championship. Please visit www.fiawtcc.com for more WTCC information and www.darryloyoung.com for the latest updates about Darryl.

Darryl O'YoungMaking 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.

Craft Racing AMRHong Kong racing team Craft Racing AMR, completed a stellar performance in their Aston Martin Vantage GT3 this past weekend in the 24 hours of Dubai to give the team a stunning 3rd place overall out of an international 85-car field, completing 594 laps of the Dubai Autodrome. It was an exciting race from beginning to end with Craft Racing AMR taking their Aston Martin Vantage GT3 up to 3rd place in the final hour of the grueling 24 hour endurance race.

The Hong Kong team was led by Hong Kong racing drivers Frank Yu and Darryl O’Young, together with Tomonobu Fujii of Japan and Aston Martin works drivers Stefan Mucke and Darren Turner. All drivers drove well making absolutely no mistakes throughout the entire race weekend to help the team earn this result.

The green flag dropped for the 24 hours of Dubai on Friday January 11th at 2pm with Craft Racing AMR starting the race in 3rd position overall. After facing some bad luck during safety car periods and enduring a couple minor technical issues, the team found themselves down as low as 22nd place in the early part of the race.

However, the team never gave up and fought back up the field getting involved in several on track battles throughout the entire 24 hours. The team made perfect pit stops and the drivers drove quick lap times, which included Stefan Mucke putting down the fastest lap of the entire race with a lap time of 1:59.47 seconds.

Craft Racing AMR slowly climbed back up the leader board and held 5th place for several hours through the night. As the sun rose at 7am, the team made a further push forward and in the final hour of the race, stormed past the German Fachs Auto Tech Porsche to grab the coveted podium spot.

This result gives Hong Kong its first-ever international endurance race overall podium, an achievement the team is extremely proud of.

Frank Yu, team founder and Hong Kong race driver said, “This result is for Hong Kong, we have worked extremely hard over the past few months to prepare for this race and it has proved very successful, this result is a dream come true. It was our teams first ever attempt at the Dubai 24 hours and our target was to finish the race, but being on the podium is a major bonus. A special thanks to Aston Martin Racing who gave our team valuable support throughout the race week, and also to the drivers who avoided mistakes during the entire 24 hours and this contributed hugely to the podium finish!”

Team Principle Mark Goddard added, “It was a remarkable race! We focused on team work from the outset of this weekend, as we knew we had great and reliable racecar in the Aston Martin Vantage GT3. Minimizing mistakes was the key to this success and I’m extremely proud of all the drivers, team engineers and mechanics as minimizing mistakes was exactly what we did. We have to thank all the team sponsors this weekend and a special thank you to John Gaw from Aston Martin Racing as they gave us the support we needed, including their two AMR works drivers Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke who drove stunningly.”

Hong Kong’s top GT race driver Darryl O’Young, made his debut for Craft Racing AMR and the Dubai 24 hours this weekend, “This race was suspenseful for the entire 24 hours. Craft Racing AMR is a great team and its fantastic to be a part of this Hong Kong racing outfit. The team was determined to comeback and the final 10 hours of the race were flawless. This gave us the chance to claw back up the leader board and when the opportunity came in the final hour of the race, we grabbed it and never looked back. I’m very proud of the entire team and this is a brilliant result for Hong Kong and China.”

The next outing for Craft racing AMR will be the inaugural race of the Asian Le Mans Series scheduled for May 5, 2013 in Zhu Hai, China. The team’s Aston Marting Vantage GT3 will be shipped back to its base in Zhu Hai in preparation for the season.

Craft Racing AMRThe first major endurance race of 2013 kicks off next week at the 8th running of the 24 Hours of Dubai where Hong Kong race team, Craft Racing AMR will be one of two Asian teams to take the green flag in the 85 car field at the Dubai Autodrome. Behind the wheel of the Aston Martin Vantage GT3, this 24 hour race will be a perfect warm up for Craft Racing AMR as they prepare their 2 car attack in the up coming 2013 Asian Le Mans Series which begins in May.

Craft Racing AMR has years of experience in motorsport but this will be their first attempt in the 24 hours of Dubai. They come equipped with a strong group of engineers and Asian technicians, combined with an ultra experienced driver line-up in Works AMR driver Darren Turner of Great Britain, WTCC and GT ace Darryl O’Young of Hong Kong, Super GT 300 race winner Tomonobu Fujii of Japan, and GT Asia race winner and Craft Racing team founder Frank Yu of Hong Kong.

Although this race is fairly new compared to some of the famous long distance races around the world, it has grown in stature each and every year seeing many of the World’s top drivers and teams join since its inauguration in 2006.

When asked what the challenging factors of the race would be, Darren Turner believed traffic would be a factor on the 5.39km Dubai Autodrome. “Having started the Nürburgring 24 Hours with over 200 cars, 85 doesn’t sound so much,” he explained. “Mind you Dubai is a standard-length Grand Prix track so that’s going to make it tremendously busy, especially with so many different levels of machinery. The hardest thing will be judging closing speeds and keeping up that focus for 24 hours.”

Team principal Mark Goddard followed up that teamwork could be the determining aspect of the race. “With so many teams in the paddock and on the race track, mistakes are highly likely to occur. As a team we will have to work hard to minimize these mistakes by taking a cautious approach in traffic, and pulling together as a team in the pit stops to ensure we get the car back onto the track quickly and without any errors for the entire 24 hours. I am confident with our experienced drive line-up and technicians that a strong result is achievable.”

Practice begins on Wednesday with qualifying set to take place on Thursday afternoon. The 24 hour race begins on Friday January 11th at 2pm in Dubai, all the live action can be followed on the official website at www.24hdubai.com starting January 10th.

Darryll O'YoungWith the 2012 World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) season finale sets to unfold this weekend, Hong Kong race driver Darryl O’Young hopes to reproduce his stunning form on Macau’s Guia Circuit by winning the independent “class pole” for the third successive year on Friday.

“Last year we qualified strong here in P4 overall, so I’ll be looking to repeat a good grid position to give myself the best possibility to end up on the overall podium,” said the Bamboo-Engineering driver.

O’Young, who has tallied 45 points in the Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy to date this season, is also hoping to make the most of his “home court advantage”. The Hong Kong number one driver says he intends to give his fans and sponsors something to cheer for after a long, hard season.

“This season has been the most difficult of all my three years in the championship, my team and I have worked very hard this season with minimal results, so I feel it is time to claim my first independent win of the season. I hope everyone will come out to the Macau GP this year to cheer me on and give me the extra support I need to do well in the race,” said the 32-year-old O’Young.

This weekend’s Race of Macau will see double points being awarded for all drivers, so a maximum of 43 points are up for grab for the independent class, including 20 points for each win, one point for fastest lap in each of the two races, and one more point for the “class pole”. Drivers are required to compete on the Guia Circuit for two rounds of nine laps each, and the 6.1 kilometers Guia Circuit is the longest of all races this entire season.

Sponsors LKM and A-Ha Coffee are the major forces behind Darryl’s pursuit of success in the 2012 FIM World Touring Car Championship. Please visit www.fiawtcc.com for more WTCC information and www.darryloyoung.com for the latest updates about Darryl.

Darryl O'YoungChinese WTCC driver, Darryl O’Young has announced today that he has re-signed with Bamboo Engineering for the remainder of the 2012 World Touring Car Championship season, driving the Chevrolet Cruze 1.6 Turbo. There are three remaining races, six rounds, at Suzuka, Shanghai and Macau.

Having driven for Bamboo Engineering for two seasons in 2010 and 2011, O’Young made the switch to Special Tuning Racing for the 2012 season to get behind the wheel of the new SEAT Leon 1.6T.

O’Young’s contract with STR expired after the past round in the USA before the series headed over to Asia for the final three races six rounds of the 2012 season.

“I have enjoyed my time with STR very much. They are a great bunch of guys and everyone on the team worked very hard to give us success. Unfortunately, we had terrible luck this year and the results simply haven’t been strong enough. I’d like to thank everyone at STR and also SEAT Sport for the tremendous support they have given me during the season.” Said the WTCC regular.

O’Young has had the most success with Bamboo Engineering in his WTCC career having taken several wins and podiums in his two years with the team, including being in contention for the independent title up until the final round in Macau on his rookie season. He hopes to continue the success from the past years with Bamboo straight away.

“I am very close with the entire team at Bamboo and I am confident we can carry where we left off in the 2011 season. I know the car well and the engineers know my driving style, I also have a strong teammate in Alex MacDowall so it is the right ingredients to try and turn my season around in front of my home crowds in Asia. I have to thank Bamboo for the opportunity to work together again and I’ll do everything in my ability to succeed in the coming rounds” Said O’Young.

Bamboo Engineering Team Principal Richard Coleman said: “We’re all very excited to be working with Darryl again, and we’re hoping it will be the third time lucky in Macau to get the win after he claimed Independents pole in 2010 and 2011. With Darryl back on board we are looking forward to delivering more solid results and give the team a boost in the teams championship”

To learn more about Darryl O’Young, visit www.darryloyoung.com.

To learn more about Bamboo Engineering, visit www.bamboo-engineering.com.

Darryl O'YoungHong Kong race driver Darryl O’Young was made to work hard for every inch on the track as he picked up three valuable points for the Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy during the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) Race of USA.

Starting at overall P16 in the opening race, O’Young was involved in a pile up at Turn 2; the incident instantly dropped the Team STR driver to the bottom of the pack while also damaging the front right of his car.

It took the 32-year-old five laps to regain his initial position. Separate incidents regarding James Nash and Pepe Oriola in lap 9 and 10 benefited the newly wedded Chinese as he moved up two places to finish the race with independent P8, and overall P14.

In the next race, Darryl was engaged in a battle with fellow Hong Kong race driver Charles Ng for the majority of the race. O’Young eventually finished with independent P7 and overall P12 as Ng was disqualified shortly before the chequered flag.

“It was another tough weekend in Sonoma. I have to say the blame goes to my qualifying mistake that cost me a top 10 finishing position. I am looking forward to returning to Asia next month and to finishing to Asia next month,” says O’Young.

Upon the conclusion of the Race of USA, the current WTCC season now enters its final three races, with round 19 & 20 scheduled to be held at Suzuka in Japan in four weeks’ time.

Qualifying 1 at California – Independent P10 & Overall P16

“In qualifying, I was set for a top 5 position but I locked my brakes in the final sector which cost me my lap time. At the end, I qualified P16 and started from that position, there really is no chance for a good finish.”

Race 1 at California (2012 round 17) – Independent P8 & Overall P1

“In race 1, I got caught in a T1 crash which put me 20s behind the lead group. I fought hard to get back to 14th but it was the best I could do.”

Race 2 at California (2012 round 18) – Independent P7 & Overall P12

“In race 2, I had a good start and was up to 12th place, but in T4, I got hit off again and lost several positions. Again, it was a race full of battles and I came back to finish 12th place and 8th independent, which wasn’t too bad based on the circumstances.”

Sponsors LKM and A-Ha Coffee are the major forces behind Darryl’s pursuit of success in the 2012 FIM World Touring Car Championship. Please visit www.fiawtcc.com for more WTCC information and www.darryloyoung.com for the latest updates about Darryl.