O’YOUNG DELIGHTED WITH HARD FOUGHT FOURTH IN WTCC BRAZIL
O’YOUNG UPGRADED TO 2011 CRUZE 1.6T FROM NEXT ROUNDS IN BELGIUM
(21 March 2011, Hong Kong, China) A determined Darryl O’Young emerged from the uphill task of racing the 2008-spec naturally-aspirated Chevrolet Lacetti against the 2011 turbos in the WTCC season opener in Brazil yesterday to take an excellent fourth place Independents class finish in Race 2.
The Hong Kong-based driver had a brilliant team in Bamboo Engineering to thank for as they repaired his damaged car after Race 1 and put O’Young back on the grid for Race 2 “with a near perfect car” although from the 20th, the worst possible, grid place. But that did not dwarf his ambition to win and O’Young drove aggressively but controlled and smoothly, and managed to finish Race 2 in 11th overall and 4th in the Independents, scoring 5 valuable points for the Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy.
"I knew it was going to be the hardest races of the season as we were still driving the old Chevy Lacetti. So to leave here with some points is a successful weekend.”
O’Young Upgraded to 2011 Cruze 1.6T from Next Rounds in Belgium
With the hardest part gone now, the upcoming races look absolutely exciting as O’Young starts to drive behind the wheel of the all new Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T from rounds 3 and 4 in Belgium in April. The 2011 Cruze 1.6T is a proven winner after taking both overall victories here in Brazil.
After the opening race weekend of the FIA 2011 World Touring Car Championship, O’Young is currently sitting in a joint sixth place in the Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy. The championship will resume for rounds 3 and 4 in Zolder, Belgium from the 22nd to 24th of April. The season’s last two race weekends will be held in Zhaoqing, Guangdong and in Macau in November.
Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy After Round 2 (Top 6):
Position Driver Total points
1 Kristian Poulson (DNK) 16
2 Franz Engstler (DEU) 14
3 Javier Villa (ESP) 13
4 Pepe Oriola (ESP) 10
5 Michel Nykjaer (DNK) 8
6 Darryl O’Young (HKG) 5
6 Mehdi Bennani (MOR) 5
"Qualifying was difficult as the 2008-spec Lacetti was nearly 20kph slower than the turbo cars in Brazil. So I was very pleased with my qualifying lap and finished 15th out of 20 cars and also ahead of 3 turbo BMWs. Unfortunately, due to team administrative error after the session, the FIA gave us a grid penalty demoting us to start from last.”
Race 1 in Brazil (Round 1):
"I had a good start and managed to pass a few cars but hit some dirt as I was following closely to the car ahead of me. That forced me into a spin. Thanks to Bamboo Engineering I was back on the grid for race 2 with a near perfect race car.”
Race 2 in Brazil (Round 2):
"I again had a great stating passing 5 cars entering Turn 1 while starting from last place on the grid again. I pushed very hard hoping to make up for the lost points of the first race and in the end managed to finish 4th in independents and 11th overall. The result in our final race in the Chevrolet Lacetti is brilliant.”
Sponsors LKM and A-Ha Coffee are the major forces behind Darryl’s pursuit of success in the 2011 FIM World Touring Car Championship, with additional team support coming from Chevrolet. LKM and A-Ha Coffee are parts of his motorsport journey for many years now.
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