2009 FIA GT Championship 2009-04-24
O’Young Set to Become First Ever Chinese for Full-season FIA GT

Darryl O’Young, China’s top GT race driver from Hong Kong, announced today that he will compete the entire 2009 FIA GT Championship. The 3-time Macau GT Cup winner will compete in the GT2 category in a Porsche GT3 RSR with Belgium based, Prospeed Competition, the official Porsche factory supported team in the FIA GT championship. In doing so, the 29-year-old will be the first Chinese race driver to compete a full championship in the FIA GT which is a big step forward for the development of Chinese motorsport.

“It is such a tremendous feeling! I have been working towards this opportunity my entire career, and to finally reach the top level of GT racing is a big accomplishment! Many people have been a big part of developing my career through the years, so this is great day not just for me, but for all my supporters and sponsors throughout the years,” said the 2-time Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Champion.

The Biggest Challenge in Darryl’s Career

The series kicks off in May in the United Kingdom at Silverstone, before moving on to Italy, Germany, Belgium, Romania, Portugal, France, and back to Zolder, Belgium for the final round. The races consist of 2 hour endurance races which include pit-stops for fuel, tires, and driver changes. Included in the calendar is the famous 24 hours of Spa in Belgium. For this race which requires three drivers, O’Young has been scheduled to compete together with the Porsche Factory line up of Emmanuel Collard and Richard Westbrook. This will be the second time O’Young will compete at the 24 hours of Spa in a Porsche since 2006.

O’Young expects that this season will bring about new and greater challenges: “The FIA GT will be very different than the Porsche Supercup as I will no longer be competing in a one-make race series. We will be competing against various marques of cars so it will be exciting to fight for the win not only for our team, but also for Porsche. I will be sharing the car with a team-mate so we will have to work together to find a good balance in the car and to have success in the championship.”

Major Partners Commit to Support Darryl’s Dream

Supporting O’Young in this campaign will be long-time partners, Lung Kee Metal and A-Ha Coffee. This will be the 3rd season in which this sponsorship pairing has supported O’Young in his European racing endeavours. “LKM and A-Ha Coffee share the same vision with me which is to have Chinese drivers succeed on the world level’s of motorsport. My two seasons competing in Europe in the Supercup has given me the skill and mindset to compete in the FIA GT championship.” This project is in-line with the goal of the Canadian-born Chinese as the FIA GT becomes a GT1 world championship in 2010. This year in GT2 will prepare him well for that. “I am truly grateful for the support of my sponsors and I will work hard to bring success to the team in my rookie season in the FIA GT,” says Darryl.

Having completed several days of pre-season testing with Prospeed Competition, team owner Rudi Penders was delighted with Darryl’s progress. “We are really proud to have Darryl in our team. He discovered his car on a very wet Algarve track and showed us right away his competiveness in these very difficult circumstances. With his potential, strong determination to win and his large Porsche experience, we are sure the podium is in our reach.”
O’Young will be kept very busy this season as he competes the FIA GT Championship in parallel with his Asian racing duties for Team Jebsen in the 2009 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.

For more information on the FIA GT please visit www.fiagt.com, or Darryl O’Young official website www.darryloyoung.com for more inside story of the race.