Hong Kong -- In the end, it was two untimely crashes that summed up the Race of Argentina weekend for Darryl O’Young, who is making his World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) debut in this South America country, as was the country itself.
“It’s very disappointing as it was one of my best drive of the season, but that’s life and I’ll continue to focus on better qualifying as it is the only way to earn a podium,” said a determined O’Young after the race.
Starting from overall P16 in the first race, a chaotic start and some car alignment damages left him in a very difficult position in the race, but the 33-year-old did his best and after several hard fights he managed to improve his position to independent P7 and overall P15 to take home two valuable points.
ROAL Motorsport’s mechanics worked hard to give O’Young a perfect car ahead of the second race, and it paid off with some excellent driving from Darryl, who overtook several cars and made it all the way up to overall P8, having started from P19.
Hugo Valente then hit him from behind in a high-speed corner when the two were fighting for positions, leaving the car impossible to save as Darryl spun and dropped all the way down to finish with an overall P18.
WTCC will now take a five-week break, before it resumes in the first week of September in the United States.