O'Young forced to quit following unlucky crash in Salzburgring

Darry O'Young ranks on Independent standings after rounds.

Hong Kong, ROAL Motorsport driver Darryl O’Young was forced to leave Salzburg without a point after the FIA WTCC Race of Austria last Sunday.

Darryl O'Young, BMW E90 320 TC, ROAL Motorsport
Darryl O'Young, BMW E90 320 TC, ROAL Motorsport

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The results see the Hong Kong-based driver ranked sixth on the Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy standings with 29 points, after five rounds of the current FIA World Touring Car Championship calendar.

Starting from overall P17 in the opening race, Darryl fought his way to as high as overall P14 on the ninth lap, but that was when the unlucky collision took place.

Another Hong Kong driver Charles Ng hit Franz Engstler on the back just in front of O’Young, causing the German’s car to spin.

Just as he tried to get around on the outside, he got hit too with Engstler’s car continued to spin. The crash sent Darryl’s BMW 320 TC into the gravels and forced the 33-year-old to quit with three laps left in the first race.

“I was having a strong race moving up three spots to overall P14. I was involved in a 5-way fight for P9 when suddenly two cars spun in front. I was unable to avoid Engstler and he hit my door as he spun around,” said a dejected O’Young after the race.

Following the crash, Darryl’s car was too damaged to continue and therefore O’Young did not make the start of the second race. He had to return home after having endured a disappointing weekend and scored no points in Austria.

Round six of the 2013 calendar will be held three weeks later when the Race of Russia make its WTCC debut in Moscow on the second Sunday of June.

Sponsors LKM and FUSPEED are the major forces behind Darryl’s pursuit of success in the 2013 FIA World Touring Car Championship.

Qualifying 1 at Salzburgring – Independent P8 & Overall P18: “For three laps on my qualifying session, each attempt resulted in me catching traffic therefore making it impossible to complete a fast lap. I was later penalized for going too slow on the circuit, but in my opinion, this ruling was complete unfair as I had no option to pass the cars in front as the circuit was blocked. As a result, I took a 5-place grid penalty in Race 1. ”

Race 1 at Salzburgring (2013 round 9) – Independent P10 & Overall P20 (After 9 laps): “The damage on the doors was severe due to having carbon doors. I didn’t expect it, but the team was unable to fix the car before Race 2. My weekend was over.”

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Series WTCC
Drivers Franz Engstler , Darryl O'Young , Charles Ng
Teams ROAL Motorsport
Article type Race report
Tags bmw, o'young, salzburgring, wtcc