O’Young aims for another 2011 endurance race victory driving the Audi R8 LMS
this weekend at the 12 Hours of Sepang, Merdeka Mellenium Endurance Race
The Hong Kong driver is looking for his second overall victory at Asia’s top endurance race and also his 4th consecutive podium in 4 years
(Sepang, Malaysia, September 12, 2011) China's top GT and touring car race driver, Darryl O'Young, will contest Asia’s biggest endurance race, the Merdeka Mellenium Endurance Race (MMER) in Malaysia, this weekend on September 17th in an Audi R8 LMS with Audi Team WRT. The Hong Kong pilot will fight for victory alongside an all-Asian driver line up with former Le Mans winner, Seiji Ara from Japan, and ex-formula 1 driver, Alex Yoong of Malaysia.
"The race at Sepang is becoming increasingly professional and more prestigious every year. That’s why I’m happy to be on the grid for the fourth consecutive time with another strong driver line-up. Twelve months ago I took part in this race when the Audi R8 LMS contested in Asia for the first time and we finished in second place. Now we aim to move up by the order by one more position." Said O’Young.
With the overall victory at the Bathurst 12 Hours in Australia in February, Darryl sets the goal to grab his second endurance race victory in the 2011 season, this time with the Audi Team WRT. Last year Darryl together with Frank Biela and Marco Werner celebrated second place at the first run of the Audi R8 LMS in this race with Audi Driving Experience Team Joest.
Audi Team WRT are competing under the entry submitted by the Belgian Audi Club as part of a factory-supported Audi customer sport program. The Belgian team headed by the former racer Vincent Vosse clinched the first two 24-hour overall victories of the R8 LMS at Spa and at Zolder.
The WRT team will be meeting with high-caliber opponents in the field of the 48 cars that have been entered. In the GT class, which is open
to GT3 vehicles like the R8 LMS as well as to GT2 cars and ST-X/ST-1 models from Japan, the sports cars of no less than seven brands are competing.
"At Bathurst we won the 12-hour race with the Audi R8 LMS this year whereas Team WRT decided the Spa 24 Hours and the 24 hours of Zolder in its favor. I’d like to help Audi achieve a positive conclusion of this endurance racing season that has been excellent so far.” Said O’Young.
The Asian drivers are sharing the blue-white colors of the MediaCorp livery race car. Qualifying will be today starting at 12pm, and the race will start at 12pm on Saturday and run straight through to the finish at midnight.
For more information on the MMER 12 hour endurance race, please visit http://www.sepangcircuit.com/story/mmer-overview-mmer-2011, or www.darryloyoung.com for more information.