2011 World Touring Car Championship 2011-05-12
Round 5 & 6 - Monza, Italy
Darryl voted as 2010 Best Touring Car Rookie


(12 May 2011, Hong Kong, China) The sky is the limit for Darryl O’Young after he was voted as the Best Rookie Driver in Touring Car racing in 2010 by readers of the authoritative www.TouringCarTimes.com before this week’s WTCC rounds 5 & 6 at Monza, Italy. Following a fruitful month for O’Young in April when he was elected as China’s Most Valuable Race Driver and claimed his first 2011 independents’ victory in Zolder, Belgium, the fan-favorite hopes to ride the tide and repeat his success in Italy.

Darryl had beaten Norbert Michelisz by a fraction in the WTCC heat, and went on to defeat BTCC's Alex MacDowall, DTM's David Coulthard and STCC driver Andreas Ebbesson with more than half of the votes in the final voting around. O’Young is delighted with the trophy.

"This award is something I didn't expect to be honest. It's a very special award to me as www.TouringCarTimes.com has a lot of true racing fans following the website so to be selected by them with 52% of the vote is amazing.” He said, “I have tremendous respect for the other two drivers, David Coulthard and Alex Mcdowell as they both performed very well last season in their own touring car series, I hope I can do an even better job this season!”

Because of strong performances by the Cruze 1.6 Turbo in Brazil and Belgium, the car has earned the maximum 40kg penalty ballast in Monza. Nevertheless, Darryl is optimistic with this week’s race at the Temple of Speed.  “I really look forward towards the return to Monza as it's a great track to race on. The characteristics of the circuit are much different than those in Zolder. It's going to be a challenging weekend as all the Cruzes have been handed an extra 40kg of ballast, so I'm going to have to count on the team to give me a good car and I will give it my best to score another strong result.” He said.

"The slipstream will be very important during the qualifying session so I will work with my teammates to try and get a good tow on my flying lap to earn that extra 0.5s down the straights.”

The Asian iconic figure also thanked the support from Hong Kong and China. “There have been great reactions from the fans and media in Hong Kong and China after the race in Belgium, so I hope I can carry on the momentum for them in the next few races and really make a move up the World Championship and Independent standings. I really enjoy Monza and I can't wait to get back in the car this weekend.”

Last year in Monza, O’Young finished second in the race 2 of the Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy. After the Belgian race weekend of the FIA 2011 WTCC, O’Young currently ranks 4th in the Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy with 1 win and 19 points. He sits in the 10th in the overall standing.

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. Please visit www.fiawtcc.com for more WTCC information and www.darryloyoung.com for the latest updates about Darryl.

Italy Round 5 and 6 race weekend schedule (HKT)

Event Date Time Broadcaster
Free Practice 1 Saturday, 14 May 2011 15:00-15:30  
Free Practice 2 Saturday, 14 May 2011 16:45-17:15  
Qualifying 1 Saturday, 14 May 2011 20:00-20:20  
Qualifying 2 Saturday, 14 May 2011 20:25-20:35  
Warm-up Sunday, 15 May 2011 15:00-15:15  
Race 1 Sunday, 15 May 2011 19:05-19:35 nowTV 676, TVB
Race 2 Sunday, 15 May 2011 21:15-21:45 nowTV 676, TVB