O'Young to compete on two fronts, and tie knot

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 March, 2012, 12:00am


Hong Kong's Darryl O'Young will attempt something few drivers would ever dream of: compete in two FIA world championships, taking part in 44 races spanning 18 countries - and still have the time to get married.

O'Young (pictured) will take part in both the World Touring Car Championship and the FIA GT1 World Championship.

The 32-year-old will compete for British team Special Tuning Racing in the WTCC, having made the switch to a new Seat Leon 1.6 turbo from a Chevrolet Cruze, and he is determined to challenge for the 'independents' world title and take his first chequered flag in the series.

He will also compete in his rookie season in the GT1 World Championship, partnering experienced Dutchman Peter Kox in a Lamborghini Gallardo LP600 for German outfit Reiter Engineering.

O'Young competed in two rounds of the WTCC this month at Monza, Italy, but failed to qualify after his car's engine caught fire. However, he is confident his team will be ready for the next two rounds this weekend in Valencia, Spain.

'It's a great challenge competing in two championships,' the Canadian-born driver said. 'To take part in two world championships is an amazing opportunity and one that very few drivers would ever do.

'Amazingly, none of the races in the two championships clash, so I can do both [full seasons],' he added.

O'Young also plans to tie the knot with girlfriend Amber in August despite his hectic schedule, which will see him compete in nine races over the next 10 weeks. 'We haven't decided where we will get married, but it's set for August,' he said.

His global race schedule includes stops in Shanghai and Macau (both in November) in the WTCC, and in Beijing and Ordos, Inner Mongolia, in the GT1 championship. The GT1 season and O'Young's campaign comes to a close in Greater Noida, India, in December.