Competitive car to put O'Young in the driving seat for major honours

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 April, 2011, 12:00am


Hong Kong driver Darryl O'Young will battle for two major championships in his busiest season so far.

O'Young has already competed in rounds one and two of the 2011 FIA World Touring Car Championship (22 rounds) in Brazil last month and will open his 2011 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (11 rounds) campaign this weekend at the Shanghai International Circuit.

The 31-year-old has already won the 12-hour endurance race at Bathurst in Australia in February and competed at Daytona in January.

Add a few more invitational events and the Canadian-born driver will be scheduled to compete in at least 33 races this year. 'It's going to be a big season,' said O'Young, who will drive a new Chevrolet Cruze 1.6 turbo in the WTCC for Bamboo Engineering.

'Last year, I was on a 2008 Chevrolet [Lacetti] model and I didn't really have a chance against the top drivers.

'This year, it's going to be different as we have been upgraded to a highly competitive car. I'm capable of winning the overall title. I'll be in a similar car as world champion Yvan Muller [of France],' he said.

O'Young finished fourth overall last year in the second-tier independents' trophy after accumulating three wins, 10 podiums and three poles, and his goal is to win the title outright this year.

He was challenging for the title at the Macau Grand Prix in November last year, the last round of the championship, but a crash ended his hopes.

'That's one of my primary goals for the season - to win the independents' trophy. I hope to also gain at least a podium place in the main field,' he said.

O'Young is aiming for a hat-trick of titles in the Porsche championship after winning in 2006 and 2008.

Life in the fast lane

O'Young will drive in two championships and other invitational events, a total number of races this year of at least: 33