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All Eyes on Team Jebsen as Exciting Chinese Youngster Makes Asian Debut The focus will be firmly on Team Jebsen this weekend as an exciting young Chinese racer, 23-year-old Darryl O'Young, makes his Asian debut at the test day for the Porsche...

All Eyes on Team Jebsen as Exciting Chinese Youngster Makes Asian Debut

The focus will be firmly on Team Jebsen this weekend as an exciting young Chinese racer, 23-year-old Darryl O'Young, makes his Asian debut at the test day for the Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia at Malaysia's Sepang Circuit.

With the attention of the international motorsport community firmly focussed on China, Jebsen & Company Limited has scored a major coup in lining up O'Young as a candidate for its first assault on the Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia title.

Supported by Blue Girl Beer and Puma, O'Young will take his Jebsen-entered Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car through its paces for the first time at this weekend's testing session at Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia.

Although new to racing in Asia, O'Young already has considerable experience under his belt, having started out in karts at the tender age of eight and going on to become a Canadian and a US National Karting Champion. Since then he has notched up an impressive tally of racing and championship wins in North America. He finished third overall last year in the ultra-competitive Formula Renault 1600 US Pro Championship, leading the series for the first nine races of the 13-round season.

O'Young attended the famous Russell Racing School in California in 2001, finishing in the top five out of 90 competitors in the runoffs, and the Panoz Racing School in Georgia, USA the following year.

Commented Robby Niermann, General Manager of Porsche Centre Hong Kong -- Jebsen & Co., Ltd.: "We are looking forward to having Darryl on board to spearhead our Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia campaign, and are looking forward to seeing how he does in his first outing in the car this weekend. It is a tremendous opportunity to nurture the talent of this young Chinese driver, who we feel has a strong future in the sport. We are hoping for a powerful and successful partnership."

O'Young is thrilled to be fulfilling his lifelong ambition to race in Asia, particularly China: "I am very proud of my Chinese heritage," he said as he prepared to make the trip to Sepang's Formula One Circuit. "I am really looking forward to competing in such an important series, and just can't wait to race in China!"

His father, Samuel, was born in Qingdao, in China's Shandong Province, while his mother, Cathy, was born in Hong Kong. Both parents moved to Canada in 1967, and both families have their ancestral origins in Guangdong Province. Several of his relatives currently live in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

The 2004 season of the Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia is scheduled to start as a support race to the Petronas Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix in March. Thailand and Korea are also on the provisional calendar, along with a race at Beijing's Goldenport Circuit in August and a support race as part of the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai in September. The season-closer will once again be held as part of the Macau Grand Prix in November.

For more information please visit www.porsche.com.hk

About Jebsen & Co Ltd
Jebsen's mission is to be the leading marketing and distribution company in Hong Kong, Macau and China, providing its customers and suppliers with quality products and services through its diverse business interests in Greater China.

The Jebsen Motor Group was first established in 1952. In 1955 Jebsen Motors, Porsche Centre Hong Kong was appointed sole distributor of Porsche cars in Hong Kong and Macau, and in 1999 for the whole of China.

The company has a wide range of other divisions including the Jebsen Automotive Parts and Hardware Division, the China Trade Division, and Jebsen & Co (Shanghai) Limited which was founded in 1993 and is 100% owned by the Jebsen Group.

Jebsen's Beer Division markets and distributes world-renowned beer brands, including Blue Girl Beer, throughout Hong Kong, Macau and China.

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