O’Young claimed a debut victory at 12 hours of Bathurst
(2/8/2011, Mount Panorama Circuit, Bathurst, Australia) Hong Kong GT racing driver, Darryl O’Young claimed an overall victory in his debut at the 10th running of the Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour this past weekend in the Australia. The Audi race experience Team Joest No. 8 Audi R8 LMS driven by the driver line-up of Darryl O’Young, and two Germans: Marc Basseng and Christopher Mies took the checkered flag after completing 292 laps and won the 12 hour race 0.7 seconds ahead of their teammates’ Audi.
The Hong Kong Pilot said “A wonderful weekend. The R8 LMS was fantastic, as were my team mates Christopher Mies and Marc Basseng. Towards the end, I was under immense pressure. Then I made a mistake in the pit exit and touched the wall. Thus the number seven car had a chance to put pressure on us. I didn’t want to risk anything in that situation. But when it became clear that I had to do one more splash and dash pitstop, I went flat out again. The 1-2 win is a great result. Audi race experience Team Joest has worked perfectly.”
German racer Christopher Mies commented, “I’m speechless! After twelve hours, we’ve won by a margin of 0.7 seconds. Both cars fought for victory. Craig Lowndes tried everything in the number seven car. In my stint, I managed to set the fastest lap time. I really drove my socks off. At the end, it was enough for Marc, Darryl and myself to win. I’m delighted. Now I’ve clinched my first win in an endurance race with Audi.”
Team technical director Ralf Jüttner, “Very honestly: this race was almost more nerve-wrecking than quite a few Le Mans races. A true thriller! As predicted, it took quite a while until we got a clear idea of everyone’s performances. There were different pit stop rules for different cars. It was exciting up until the end. Both cars were free to race for victory. Ten minutes before the end, there was a splash and dash pitstop by Darryl. We’ve guided him to the finish in this order in the remaining three laps, he did it perfectly and claimed the victory!”
12 Hours of Bathurst 2011 is the 10th 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.