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Darryl O'YoungFresh from getting married with Amber last month in Vancouver, Hong Kong number one race driver Darryl O’Young is back on the track again. The Team STR racer is set to return to the Sonoma Raceway in California this weekend where the Race of USA is making its World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) debut.

“I am looking forward to the WTCC Race of USA. Sonoma is a special track for me, as I raced there quite a bit in my early Formula Ford and Formula Renault days,” said an excited O’Young who returned to the San Francisco Bay area since he lived there nearly 9 years ago.

Having snatched his first independent podium this season two months ago in Brazil, Darryl O’Young is determined to pick up where he left off in round 17 & 18 of the season. The 32-year-old has been on form lately after claiming third place in the Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race at Sepang in Malaysia a fortnight ago. It was Darryl’s fourth podium in the last five years in the event.

The Race of USA will be held on the 4.025 kilometers long Sonoma Runway in California. While the track also hosts NASCAR and IndyCar events, the track used by WTCC are approximately 800 meters and 300 meters longer than the other two events. WTCC drivers will compete in two races of 13 laps each this weekend.

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'YoungAs if nothing can stop Darryl O’Young from scoring points at the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) at the moment, the SEAT Leon WTCC driver rebounded from the lowly overall P16 starting place in Slovakia and pocketed eight points with two top six finishes in the Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy.

“Finishing 7th and 9th overall after starting from P16 was really the maximum result possible,” said Darryl after achieving pleasing results on his Slovakia debut.

After a disappointing qualifying session earlier in the weekend, a transformed O’Young turned aggressive from the start. In each of the two races, the team STR driver started strongly to overtake several cars in the opening lap. And by staying incident-free in both races, the Hong Kong ace outpaced no less than seven opponents in each round.

The Canadian born O’Young has now bagged 22 independent points thus far this season. He is only three behind the fifth-placed Italian driver Alberto Cerqui. The results also see the 32-year-old moved up three positions into 13th overall in the world championship standings.

Round 9 & 10 of the 2012 season will be held later this week in Hungary where Darryl scored one of his independent podiums last season.

Qualifying 1 at Slovakia Ring – Independent P8 & Overall P16

“Looking ahead we must work on getting stronger qualifying results.”

Race 1 at Slovakia Ring (2012 round 7) – Independent P6 & Overall P7

“It was important to come out of race 1 without incident so my car would be in good condition to fight again in race 2.”

Race 2 at Slovakia (2012 round 8) – Independent P6 & Overall P9

“I had the race pace to match the front of the field, but having to start from P16 just loses too much time and it is difficult to recover from that.”

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'YoungHong Kong pilot Darryl O’Young had a successful debut in the FIA GT1 World Championship in his new Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+, took P7 in Championship race on Easter Monday, and scored World Championship point with his Dutch teammate Peter Kox in Nogaro, France.

The duo placed P10 on Saturday 3 stage qualifying session, O’Young started in Q1 and had no problem in the top 12 to enter into Q2. However, a faulty control unit of the gearbox caused problems for Peter Kox in Q2. In Sunday Qualifying Race, they were able to moved up to P8 for start position Monday Championship Race, the duo were more successful than on the previous day and won P7 finally and scored World Championship point, sitting joint P8 out of 34 drivers in Drivers’ Championship.

O’Young commented after the race: “My debut in the FIA GT1 World Championship has been a successful one as we scored World Championship points. We faced many challenges as a team as I was learning a new race car and it was the first time we all worked together as a team. We dealt with everything well as a team and improved throughout the weekend. I’m very pleased with the results we achieved here in France and we will move to Belgium in two weeks time looking to bring stronger results.”

The championship will resume for round 2 in Zolder, Belgium from the 20th to 22nd of April. The season’s will visit Beijing and Ordos in China for 2 rounds in August.

Please visit www.gt1world.com for more GT1 information and www.darryloyoung.com for the latest updates about Darryl.

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.”

Darryl O'YoungDespite a fire in the front left-hand side of Darryl O’Young’s new SEAT Leon 1.6T has cost him the entire Race of Italy in Monza, the Hong Kong number one driver insists he is okay with the incident, and is already looking forward to the next WTCC race in Valencia.

Competing for the first time with his new team Special Tuning Racing (STR), O’Young has already overcome an engine failure during the qualifying session, and the stewards without penalty approved an engine change as the recent Bathurst 12 Hours winner continued his preparation for the WTCC season opener.

However, flames were then spotted coming from the No.20 car three minutes into the warm-up session prior to round one. The Hong Kong driver pulled up at the Ascari corner and marshals were able to douse the flames.

For the incident regarding O’Young’s car, please visit the following link at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5hH2kqr0NI

“I am 100% ok but unfortunately my car isn’t. I am already looking forward to the next race in Valencia, the entire team at STR and SEAT Sport are extremely motivated to move past this and aim for a victory in Spain,” said the unharmed 31-year-old driver, who walked away from his car without aid after the accident.

The incident pulled O’Young out of the race, but the STR driver will be back for the next race in Valencia, in three weeks time.

Qualifying 1 at Monza – DNF
“Unfortunately we had an engine failure in the 1st flying lap of qualifying. This has left me with no qualifying time so I will start from 23rd on the grid for both of tomorrow’s races.”

Race 1 at Monza (2012 round 1) – DNS
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Race 2 at Monza (2012 round 2) – DNS
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Darryl O'YoungHong Kong GT racing driver, Darryl O’Young celebrate his second overall victory at the 11th running of the Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour this past weekend in the Australia. The Audi race experience Phoenix Racing No. 1 Audi R8 LMS driven by the driver line-up of Darryl O’Young, and two Germans: Christopher Mies and Christer Jöns took the checkered flag after completing 270 laps and won the 12 hour race with a 1m 13s advantage.

The Hong Kong Pilot said “The team was tremendous. The cooperation between quattro GmbH and Phoenix Racing was fantastic. As well as for Phoenix, Australia was new territory for Christer Jöns, who did a first-class job of driving. For me, it’s been one of my toughest races due to the constantly changing conditions. There was a lot of hydroplaning and at times we had to drive on slicks in the rain. A fantastic showing by all. Many thanks from me to the whole squad.”

For the second time in succession, O’Young is having a good start of his 2012 session. The track conditions were far more difficult than they had been a year ago. Varying intensities of rain and dense fog at times caused a number of spins, excursions and yellow periods. The first four hours of the race alone saw the three different vehicles take turns in leading the race. At the fourth hour, a spin and an excursion into the gravel trap by O’Young teammate, Christopher Mies that temporarily relegated their race car to third place, but could not prevent the young trio’s from taking victory. On Saturday, they had already set the fastest time in qualifying and capturing position one on the grid.

Team Director Phoenix Racing Ernst Moser, “The balanced performance of the victorious driver trio was the secret of success. They were all very good because conditions at Bathurst were really difficult. The competition was lying in wait up to the final lap. In terms of strategy we didn’t have an advantage throughout, as some rivals repeatedly managed to make up ground in yellow periods. But we were always able to recover.”

12 Hours of Bathurst 2012 is the 11th edition of the motor racing event at the Mount Panorama Circuit, near Bathurst, Australia. The event was inspired by the long running Bathurst 1000 touring car race, which began in the early 1960s.

Please visit www.audi-motorsport.info, http://www.bathurst12hour.com.au/ for more race information or www.darryloyoung.com for the latest updates about Darryl.

Darryl O'YoungDarryl O’Young repeated another strong fourth-place finish since Round 2 in Italy in May at the fifth round of the FIA GT Championship 2009, held at the Hungaroring circuit near Budapest, Hungary today.

Started ninth on the grid, the Hong Kong driver drove two strong stints in the #61 Porsche 997 GT3 RSR and brought home five precious points to his championship fight. The 29-year-old finished all four races he attended so far in the Top 6 and is now ranked seventh overall in the FIA GT2 Driver Championship.

“We did very well in terms of the race itself although a better qualifying position and pit stop would always helped alot,” says the driver of the second factory support Prospeed Porsche.

O’Young had a great opening stint overtaking two cars and placing the #61 Porsche in the leading pack before handling over to German teammate Marco Holzer. With a real chance to finish on the podium, both Holzer and O’Young pushed hard and overtook three more in the two-hour race before finishing with a respectable fourth. However, a problem occurred during the 1st pit stop with the left front wheel nut getting jammed, losing a precious 15 seconds for the team in the race.

“Compared to my first race where I qualified the car at Silverstone in the opening round, I improved alot this weekend though certainly there is still room for improvement. To be this close again to stepping onto the podium is somehow disappointing as we had a genuine shot at the top 3 today. Yet, this is not at all a bad finish considering the problem we had in the pit stop.”

The #61 LKM and A-Ha Coffee sponsored car will head to Algarve, Portugal for the sixth race of the season, which will take place on the 20th of September.

This year’s Budapest race marked the sixth time FIA GT Championship has visited Budapest, with the first race in 1998 and its last in 2006. The Hungaroring circuit is famous for hosting Formula One races which first started in the 1986 season. British driver Lewis Hamilton triumphed here earlier in July, his second Hungaroring victory after the first win in 2007.

Please visit www.fiagt.com for more race information or www.darryloyoung.com for the latest updates about Darryl.

Darryl O'YoungHaving lost its pole position due to stalling at the start of formation lap, then started last in the pit lane before crawling back to second. Yet, Lady Luck turns her back against Darryl again as the left rear suspension failure grounded the team in the pit for another 45 minutes. From then on, the No 1 Chinese GT driver Darryl O’Young and his Team PCS drove frenetically with numerous fastest laps to claim a respectable 3rd place finish at the Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race 2009 (MME thereafter) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, completing 300 laps in total, just six short of champion Team Petronas Syntium.

“We definitely came here to win, we are able to do it, and the champion is only for us to lose. For us to fail with such a minor problem is truly sad and disappointing, though everyone on the team are satisfied with the comeback effort. Hopefully I can come back next year with the team to compete again,” Darryl goes on to express his thanks to team Singaporean owner Mok Weng Sun, who is also one of the three drivers, and the entire team.

O’Young inspired team to great comeback amid of disasters

Led by Hong Kong driver Darryl O’Young, defending champion team PCS Racing didn’t get off to a flying start as many may have expected, instead the car stalled and failed to go for the formation lap, and was degraded from the pole position to start the race from the pit as the last car. However, with the superiority of the car, the team is easily the fastest on the track, and the team overtakes opponents at will and placed the car back to second place, before disaster struck again. The left rear suspension bolt on the car broke during the first hour of the stint, costing the team some precious 45 minutes in the pit before they were back on track.

When Darryl first took the wheel after the accident, PCS Racing was trailing 15 laps, and was down in the 43rd places, out of 44 teams. Thanks to some gorgeous driving by Darryl and his teammates, PCS Racing climbed back up the table strongly again, ranking 20th at the 3.5 hours mark, sixth at the seventh hour mark, and back onto the podium into the last three hours of the race, trailing only six laps at one point of the two leading Petronas BMW’s, this is also the final difference between PCS Racing and the very top of the podium.

“I drove pretty well throughout the race, but accidents are not what we can control. We are the fastest car on the track, and managed to push the car to its maximum potential crawling back, what we need is just more time if we are to complete the comeback, maybe 14 hours will do,” said the 29 years-old driver, who drove for four stints combining four and a half hours on the track.

2009 MME is Darryl’s third endurance race in as many months since his Le Mans debut back in June, racing both in Europe and Asia, it is also the tenth edition of the race. Initiated in 2000, MME is held annually at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, which is also famous for holding Formula One, Moto GP and A1GP races. Darryl O’Young’s PCS Racing is the first ever foreign-based team to take the crown in MME history, when the team triumphed in 2008.

Darryl O'YoungTop Chinese GT race driver Darryl O’Young will defend his championship title at the Merdeka Millenium Endurace Race 2009 tomorrow. The only 12 hours endurance race in Southeast Asia will be held from 1130 to 2330 at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia on August 8 Saturday. O’Young won the 2008 edition with two other teammates in the Singapore-based Team PCS Racing after finishing first with a record 308 laps in Class O.

This is Darryl’s third endurance race in three consecutive months after having raced at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans and finished with a respectable fifth at the 24 Hours of Spa only two weeks ago. The 29-year-old scored championship points in every race this season and currently ranks an overall 8th in the FIA GT2 Driver Championship.

Please visit www.malaysiagp.com.my/mmer for more race information or www.darryloyoung.com for the latest updates about Darryl.