O'Young continues to score despite rough starts in China

Racing in front of his home fans in the WTCC Race of Shanghai yesterday, Darryl O’Young managed to reproduce his recent point-scoring form in the second race held at the Shanghai International Circuit, and bring home another three points in the Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy.

Darryl O'Young, Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T, bamboo-engineering
Darryl O'Young, Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T, bamboo-engineering

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Having scored points in seven of his previous eight rounds in the World Touring Car Championship, the race driver from Hong Kong was on course to bridge the gap with seventh placed Alberto Cerqui in the independent standings.

Despite having missed Q2 by a mere of 0.05 seconds last Saturday, the Bamboo-Engineering driver fought hard to bring home three points to improve his season tally to 45.

Starting from overall P14 in both rounds, Darryl lost two places and dropped to overall P16 in the opening lap of the second race. Not giving up, he climbed from the back to as high as P11 before eventually settled for an overall P12 and independent P6.

“I damaged the engine cooling of my car in the opening round, it was fixed and I began race two. There were a lot of good fights in the race but unfortunately the results are not there to show it.

I am really looking forward to Macau and I will give everything to get a good result for my fans,” said a spirited O’Young.

Following the Race of China, the 2012 WTCC season now has one more race to go this calendar year. The Guia Race of Macau will be held on the all famous Guia Circuit in two weeks’ time, with double points to be in the season finale.

Qualifying 1 at Shanghai – Independent P8 & Overall P14: "Qualifying was very close and competitive. On my second run my lap was decent but I missed Q2 by 0.05 seconds. This meant I missed the reverse grid in my home races so that was very disappointing."

Race 1 at Shanghai (2012 round 21) – DNF: "The first lap was absolute mayhem. I was hit into turn one which cost me to lose several positions. Then on the same lap, some cars spun ahead and I crash into the car in front of me. This damaged my engine cooling and I had to stop the race.”

Race 2 at Shanghai (2012 round 22) – Independent P6 & Overall P12: "I had an average start which cost me a few positions. There were lots of good fights and I made it up to P11. Some contact later dropped me down to P15 and I was able to recover."

Sponsors LKM and A-Ha Coffee are the major forces behind Darryl’s pursuit of success in the 2012 FIM World Touring Car Championship.

Source: O'Young Racing

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Series WTCC
Drivers Darryl O'Young , Alberto Cerqui
Article type Race report
Tags china, o'young, shangai circuit, shanghai, wtcc