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CRAFT RACING AMR LOOKING FOR VICTORY AT THE 24 HOURS OF DUBAI

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Motorsport News: For Immediate Release

(Hong Kong, January 8, 2014) It was only one year ago when Hong Kong’s Craft Racing AMR made their first appearance at an International 24 hour endurance race. It was a tremendous week as they walked away finishing above even their own expectations to capture the biggest result in the team’s history, 3rd place overall at the 24 hours of Dubai.

This year, Craft Racing AMR will return to Dubai a stronger team with bigger ambitions and ready for an all-out assault for overall victory. Entering 2 Aston Martin Vantage GT3’s, the team lines-up with two stellar driver line-ups, a more mature racing team, and strong support from Aston Martin Racing.

Leading the charge in the #07 is one of the strongest line-ups in the field, with 2 Aston Martin factory drivers Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke, paired with Hong Kong’s Darryl O’Young and Japan’s Tomonobu Fujii. They were close to victory last year, and come back hungrier than ever to take the top step of the podium.

In the #17 Craft Racing AMR entry, Hong Kong GT Driver Frank Yu returns to the race alongside Frenchman Jean-Marc Merlin. The pair carry with them tremendous experience at Dubai and will be ready to face the field paired with two top professionals, Britain’s Richard Lyons and Japan’s Keita Sawa. All out speed may not be the top priority in #17, but a consistent race plan may make them the dark-horse of the race.

Mark Goddard, Team Principle: “The team is really pumped to be back at Dubai and our aim is to get on the top step of the podium with one of our Aston Martin Vantage GT3 cars. Last year Dubai was our first 24 hour race and we were thrilled to finish third overall. We now have two cars with great driver line-ups and this, plus our previous experience at Dubai, gives us great confidence that we can achieve a good result again this year.”

Darryl O’Young, Driver #07: “I’m very proud of what Craft Racing has accomplished in 2013, as I’ve seen first-hand the hard work that has gone into it. 2014 is a new year and everyone is focused to take the next big step forward. Dubai 24 hours is one of the toughest challenges of the year due to the large number of entries and high traffic, so staying focused on not making mistakes is the single most important thing. This race will serve as great preparation for Craft Racing AMR ahead of the Le Mans 24 later this year in June.

Darren Turner, Driver #07: “We learned from last year that this race has a large field and a high level of competition. The strategy is very different to races in the WEC or in America, so that should play a big factor into the race result. I’m looking forward to returning to Craft Racing AMR as they have a great group of guys, and hopefully I can help the team to achieve success.”

Stefan Muecke, Driver #07: “Great to be back in Dubai where I first started driving for Craft Racing last year and finished 3rd. This year, we want to be on the top step! A 24hr race is always a big challenge especially with so many cars in different classes like in Dubai.”

Tomonobu Fujii, Driver #07: “I’m really happy to join again the Craft Racing AMR for the 24Hrs DUBAI this year. It will be the 2nd time for me racing at Dubai and also the working with their great drivers. It has been clear to me that Craft racing AMR has a strong package and I look forward to driving their V12 vantage GT3. We will try our best as usual and give it a good go for the victory!!”

Keita Sawa, Driver #17: “I really appreciate joining a great team like Craft racing AMR. I’m proud that I have become a part of this team and for sure I will use all my experience to help the team succeed. I feel really excited for the big race, Dubai 24.  I think this week will be good preparation for the Le Mans 24h in June! I’m sure both of our cars have the potential to finish the tough race as the team has prepared well.”

Richard Lyons, Driver #17: “I’m really looking forward to my first 24hr race and first time to drive in Dubai. It’s great to join with Craft Racing AMR again and hope we can take up where we left off our last outing in Asia with another win!”

Jean-Marc Merlin, Driver #17: “This will be my 8th time racing at the Dubai 24hrs and I have been impressed by the continuing improvement of the field. After a year in a LMP2 in the WEC, I am looking forward to adapting back to the GT3 in the best and most desirable car in the field. I want to thank Frank Yu and Craft Racing for giving me the opportunity to join his team and to partner with such a great driver line-up.”

John Gaw, Aston Martin Racing Managing Director: “2013 was a great year for Craft Racing that ended with the now 2 car partner team with an entry to the Le Mans 24 hours this year, but it all started with a 3rd place finish at the Dubai 24 hours. They return stronger this year after a year of terrific results in GT Asia, the Asian Le Mans Series and at Macau in the GT Cup. Both cars have experienced driver line ups with strength in depth and the car crew will be sharp following just a short break following the last race at Sepang only a few weeks ago. Overall victory is not an easy target with an increased level of competition at this the first major event of 2014, but it is surely the objective for Craft Racing and AMR look forward to giving them the best support possible.”

Frank Yu, Team Founder and Driver #17: “We finished 2013 by winning an entry to Le Mans, so we hope to start the New Year off with a strong result in Dubai. The race continues to grow in competition and stature, which is why we committed to a two car entry this year. We welcome Jean-Marc Merlin to our team, and welcome back all the remaining drivers which have contributed to Craft Racing’s success in 2013.  Having everyone together in a single event is a perfect way to start a new season.”

 

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Honda Day Live Night Race: The Battle Town

Honda RaceJapanese auto maker Honda scrapped its motor racing activities after suffering heavy flooding at its Ayutthaya plant in late 2011, but the company has announced new plans for its sport marketing activities.

The “Honda Day Live Night Race: The Battle Town” will be held at Muangthong Thani Lakeside on November 16, and will feature not only racing but also a live concert.

The event is organized by Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co Ltd, in collaboration with Grand Prix International Co Ltd and Fresh Air Festival Co Ltd.

This is the second time that the event is to be held, and will involve “battles” of two different musical styles and two hybrid car models. It will take place on Saturday November 16, from midday until midnight.

The event will combine three classes of road car racing including Production Car, Pro Cup 1,500-1,600cc and Pro Cup 2,000cc, along with live performances in a battle of artists from two different musical styles.

Pitak Pruittisarikorn, executive vice president, Honda Automobile (Thailand), said: “The Honda Day Live Night Race was first held in 2012 and received tremendous customer acceptance with more than 70,000 people attending and marked a new chapter in Thai motor racing history.”

He said this year’s event will go further as the Honda Brio eco-car will compete in the Production Car class for the first time. For the performance show, a Honda Civic Hybrid will battle a Honda Jazz Hybrid to demonstrate the two models’ unmatched performance while helping to protect the environment.

Anothai Eamlumnow, vice president of GPI, said: “The 2013 road car race will remain fun and exciting. The racing circuits are specially designed to be more challenging for racers while the safety of the racers and spectators continue to be our first priority. The entire racing circuit is equipped with safety equipment that meets the Royal Automobile Association of Thailand’s standards.”

Part from motor racing and live concerts, there will also be the following:

* Extreme Battlefield, a bicycle riding thrill show with Adventure Free Running acrobatics;

* BMX Park Show, an extreme sport show featuring BMX bicycles performing amazing stunts;

* A stunt show by “Ball” Suhatai Chaemsap, Thailand’s leading professional motorcyclist, doing adventurous riding on a new Honda motorcycle;

* Many other fun activities including Honda Hot Laps, Honda Pit Tour and Honda Car Club Village.

Admission is free. For more information, visit www.honda.co.th and www.facebook.com/enjoyhondaclub.

Press release courtesy of The Nation: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Honda-announces-racing-and-music-event-next-month-30217318.html

Voice of America’s Article on PS Racing Promoting ChildFund International

Sunny Wong in the PS Racing car, with ChildFund International decals behind, Sept. 15, 2013.

Marianne Brown
September 24, 2013
ZHUHAI, CHINA — In China’s auto racing circuit, drivers can spend thousands of dollars for just one day of competition on the track. It is an unlikely place to find a children’s charity, but in the southern Chinese city of Zhuhai, one driver is making an effort to raise support for disadvantaged kids.

 

Driver and coach Pete Olson suggested the idea of advertising the ChildFund International logo on helmets and cars to the owners of his team, PS Racing, after supporting the charity in the United States. The team donates money, and so far Olson has persuaded three so-called “gentlemen drivers,” for whom racing is just a hobby, to sponsor a child through ChildFund International. “I just wrote them directly I said ‘hey, why don’t you guys sign up, come on, I know you guys spend thousands of dollars every time you smash your cars and laugh it off and stuff. I said it’s like 25 bucks a month, come on that’s nothing,” said Olson, describing his efforts to recruit other drivers.

 

The professional racing circuit in China has been slow to take off. The Chinese Grand Prix opened in 2004, but so far it has struggled to attract spectators, a problem critics blame on high ticket prices.

 

However, China is home to exponential growth in the automobile market, says Jim Moore, general manager of Quandarium, specialists in the automotive aftermarket. Moore travels to China regularly to represent U.S. brands and says the Chinese market is changing rapidly. “This is a culture that 15 years ago nobody dreamed of owning a car, and in that time period everybody has a car so it’s come that far that fast. Now that everyone has one they want it to be different from everybody else’s,” said Moore.

 

With accelerating private car ownership in China, auto industry sponsors are trying to promote their brands and products through the racing series. As the sport grows, Moore explains, it is still funded in part from second generation Chinese business people. “Their parents built factories and sold products all over the world and made lots of money, and now their kids are off spending that money. Motorsports has become a pretty popular hobby for a select few of that group,” Moore said.

 

Olson admits that it is difficult to sell the idea of sponsoring a child to drivers from mainland China because, he says, the concept of donating money to charity is still very new. Sunny Wong says he thinks promoting the cause through racing will attract more attention from wealthy businessmen like himself. He works in real estate in Hong Kong and started racing four years ago. He is part of the team that now sponsors a child through ChildFund International. “I think it’s always good to have good exposure [to] such an audience, and… racing is a different audience for normal organizations like ChildFund International… I think it’s a new niche that they are being exposed to,” said Wong.The positive exposure that ChildFund International receives through the team is reciprocal. Olson says he thinks PS Racing has received more coverage on national television and newspapers because of the connection to the charity. “They will post more pictures of my car and in all the media they mention ChildFund International car. The promoter thinks it looks nice for the series… it adds more of an angle to the racing,” said Olson.

 

Race car drivers Sunny Wong and Pete Olson promote the charity the Child Fund in Zhuhai, China, Sept. 15, 2013. (Marianne Brown for VOA)
Race car drivers Sunny Wong and Pete Olson promote the charity the Child Fund in Zhuhai, China, Sept. 15, 2013. (Marianne Brown for VOA)

 

Olson says he was drawn to ChildFund International because his mother could not afford to raise him and gave him up for adoption when he was a child. “I got adopted by a Harvard lawyer so I lucked out. So there are many, many times in my life that I thought I’m very lucky to have had my education, private schools and everything and the racing, especially when I was just getting started,” said Olson. He says if he had not been adopted he would not be living the life he is now. He says he wants to encourage privileged people like himself to give something back.

Read the full article on Voice of America’s website.

Gulf Oil signs with GulfSport Racing as Technical Partner to the Formula Gulf 1000 Championship

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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

22nd August 2013

Gulf Oil, one of the most evocative brands in the motorsport industry has signed on as official Technical Partner of GulfSport Racing to supply all lubricants and brake fluid for the FG1000 racing car used in the Formula Gulf 1000 Championship.The agreement was signed by Sanjay P. Singh, Chief Marketing Officer of Gulf Oil Middle East and Barry Hope, for GulfSport Racing, the owner and promoter of Formula Gulf 1000.

“Since Gulf Oil supported the Ford GT40 at Le Mans 24h in 1968, the brand has been associated with some of the greatest cars and drivers. For example, Porsche, Audi, McLaren and Aston Martin driven by such famous drivers as Jack Ickx, Stefan Johansson, Derek Bell and Jo Siffert.” said Sanjay P. Singh. “We believe that motorsport is an efficient manner to promote our products, and we’re pleased to be associated with GulfSport’s driver development race series, Formula Gulf 1000.”

The Gulf Oil brand and its famous blue and orange logo has been synonymous with motor racing for 45 years and has become one of the most iconic motorsport brands in the world carrying with it the passion and deep affection of millions of motorsport enthusiasts. “We are extremely proud to be starting a technical partnership with such a legendary motorsport brand ” said Barry Hope, a Managing Partner of GulfSport Racing. “Sanjay and his team have worked hard to develop a lubricant for us that meets the very demanding needs of a modern four-stroke motorcycle engine being used to power a single seater racing car in this climate. Bikers rarely use full throttle and high revs to the extent that we do in racing cars and so this is the ultimate test of a lubricant for a motorcycle engine.”

The Gulf Oil brand will be prominent on all Formula Gulf 1000 racing cars and associated publicity. Season three commences in October 2013 with an official pre-season test, followed by fourteen races. Graduates of previous seasons, now termed ‘the Racer’s Academy‘ because of the unusually high level of driver coaching included in the package, include Mohammed Al Mutawaa (Citroen Middle East Rally Championship), Joe Ghanem and WeiRon Tan (Formula Renault UK), and Natasha Seatter (Malaysian Super Series) & Rahul Mayer (BRDC Formula 4)

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About Gulf Oil (www.gulfoilltd.com) Gulf Oil drilled the world’s first oil well in 1901, introduced the world’s first drive-in fuel station with branded gasolines and packaged lubricants and invented the world’s first synthetic base oil.
As part of the Hinduja Group, Gulf Oil is now one of the largest privately owned companies in the world represented by the iconic Gulf Brand in the orange disc logo. In the UAE it operates two factories in Jebel Ali and one in Ras Al Khaimah producing over 400 varieties of high quality lubricants for export to over 40 countries.Gulf Oil recently acquired Houghton international a USA based specialty metal working fluid manufacturer for $1.045 billion.

About GulfSport Racing (www.gulf-sport.com) Established in 2004, GulfSport Racing has become the Middle East’s leading independent motorsport business having developed the regional market for Radical, Caterham and Ginetta sports-cars, plus professional equipment manufacturers including Bell, Arai, Sparco, Sabelt, Alpinestars and Stilo.
Formula Gulf 1000 has run 42 official test sessions, 14 qualifying practice sessions, 28 championship races, 2 pre-season test days and numerous driver training sessions for more than 30 racing drivers from the UAE, Bahrain, India, Palestine, Syria, Spain, Lebanon, Malaysia, UK, France, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Pakistan and South Africa at FIA Grade 1 circuits in the UAE and Malaysia.

2013 Pan Delta Summer Race a Resounding Success

At 16:00 on 16 June 2013, when the last Asian Pan Delta AFR race car passes the finishing line and in front of the main grandstand, the Pan Delta Super Racing Festival draws to a close. The entire event, filled with exciting races and interesting commercial activites, combine to make Pan Delta one of the most influential and successful regional motorsport event in China.

Improved standards

Due to the changing weather, the event was packed with incidents. But overall the races were successful. Apart from the weather, all the participating teams and drivers showed improved professionalism in all aspects such as technical preparation and race craft. At the same time, these teams and drivers all demonstrated more self-promotion and awareness. For example, in the Circuit Hero races, the race cars are now much better painted and decorated with models on the grid to better attract media and public attention. They are now very aware of the 20,000 people watching them race, which is not common in other races.

Expert operations

Looking at Pan Delta from another angle and you will discover that the commercial developments have reached every corner of the track facilities. Merchandize sales, goods demonstration, auto and motorsport related products, interactive activities, performance stage… etc are all buzzing with people. In the paddock, the guest area and VIP area are also full of people and is indeed very atmospheric.

Pan Delta has been nurturing and educating fans ever since. Nowadays, the 20,000 average fans who attend Pan Delta has made the event a very good platform for promotion. Take the VIP pass for example, the 500 VIP passes available were snapped up long ago. This is a clear sign that the fans do not mind paying more for better hospitality at the race. For just RMB 500, a fan can enjoy a closer look at the cars and the race queens plus a sumptuous buffet lunch by Sheraton Zhongshan Hotel, it is a real bargain.

There is another bright spot from the race and that is the modified car exhibition and sales area. These modified parts sales compaines have teams and drivers in the Circuit Hero races working for or with them, thus they are able to utilise their performance on track to promote their products. The fans can check out and compare the products and services available. The interactivity among parts sales, race teams, drivers and fans have never been this close before.

For the Pan Delta organizers, this has been another great success story. An event packed with activities and commercial partners that fans truly enjoy meeting at  a race track.

  Published:                               2013-06-25

Courtesy of http://www.zic.com.cn/en/news_info.php?id=411&kind=01

SIngapore’s Changi Motorsports Hub Still Dead

The Singapore Sports Council (SSC) announced earlier this week that it would not be proceeding with the re-tender for the Changi Motorsports Hub site following the conclusion of an extensive international and local market sounding and Request for Information (RFI) exercise. For those who have been following the situation closely, it comes as no surprise.

Updating the media on the decision not to proceed with the re-tender, SSC CEO Lim Teck Yin said: “The SSC has decided not to proceed with the re-tender as potential investors had indicated significant combined conditions for the project to be commercially viable, which we cannot accede to. The key requirements from potential investors include requests for flexibility of lease terms and land use as well as tax concessions. For example, with regard to flexibility of lease terms, there were requests for extensions of duration and pricing below valuation.”

“Taking into consideration these requests and potential outcomes, we need to balance the costs and benefits. The land take and proposed use under this project do not justify an operating model that involves significant government subsidies or concessions. After careful consideration and in consultation with other government agencies, we have decided not to proceed with the re-tender,” said Lim.

Read the Full Press Release Here

Die hard Singaporean race fans will now have to continue to rely on Sepang or Johor and hope that Peter Lim’s previously announced Motorsports City development in Iskandar will become a reality.

Red Hot Motorsports Weekend is Imminent! – 2013 Pan Delta Super Racing Festival (Summer Race) About to Begin

Pan Delta Super Racing Festival is in its 9th year and has already established itself as the local motorsport fans’ gathering place. The 2013 Summer Race is about to be held on 15-16 June at Zhuhai International Circuit. Exciting races, interesting activites and top exhibits will help the fans enjoy an unforgetable weekend.

Easygoing and Expanding

Since the beginning of Pan Delta, it has been defined as the motorsport events for the public. The races belongs to the average men and women. During those days when few fans took part in motorsports and there were few national races, Pan Delta held up its flag to draw the crowds in and nurture their developments, by creating the Circuit Hero races.

Today, Pan Delta’s hard work has been approved. The current Circuit Hero One (Advanced class) race routinely receives more than 25 entries. The more grassroot Circuit Hero Two race can attract over 40 entries, for this race an amazing 49 cars entered the competition. With cars lined up as far back as the last corner, this is truly a sight to behold. Similar races are now happening all over the other Chinese circuits.

Circuit Hero has created miracles and Pan Delta is getting ready to create another new race and concept. The new for 2013 Red Bull Drift Challenge already ignited a lot of sparks in the March Pan Delta race. The 10 machinese drifted against each other one-on-one and showed off their race crafts in front of 20,000 people. For this race there will be 13 cars, 3 more than the last, and two highly capable Japanese drifters, Suenaga Naoto and Saito Daigo, will take part, too.

Endless innovation

Pan Delta has never changed its core qualities. For this race, Red Bull has set up a game known as the “Red Bull Kart Castle Defence Battle”. Red Bull has created a 206m long and 4m wide kart track. Just buy two cans of Red Bull on the spot and you may experience the thrill of driving a kart around this special track.

The vintage cars on display in the March Pan Delta will be here once again. This is a part of the themed event “Whole Family together for Father’s Day”. These historic machines, product of technology and wisdom from more than 100 years ago, are the best father-son activity tool. Apart from the vintage cars, there are also many other great modern cars on display, including the brand new Toyota 86, BMW, Audi and Yamaha motorcycles. Other Pan Delta favourites such as nice food, ZIC stage performances etc will of course be there again. Where better to go on Father’s Day than ZIC?

Q-Team, a large motorsport concern created by Zhang Shan-Qi, the first Chinese driver to tackled the Le Mans Series, will hold their own opening ceremony during Pan Delta. Renowned musician Hei Nan will also be present, while famous artist Roy Chiu will race for Q-Team in the Pan Delta AFR Series. Are the Roy Chiu fans ready?

Tuned car fans cannot miss this weekend’s Pan Delta. Option parts outlets will be at the back of the grandstands for the very first time! For this weekend, the Pan Delta organizers has arranged for 12 car tuning shops to show their products during the event. The participating merchants will sell their wares below market price. Buy, change and pay on the spot! The 12 merchants specializes in different goods and they are well stocked to serve you!

Pan Delta in June, with so much happening at ZIC on and off the track, how can you sit at home?

Source: http://www.zic.com.cn/en/news_info.php?kind=01&id=398

Recap of this Past Weekends Asia Racing Action

While most in the US were enjoying their Memorial Day Weekend, we were busy following all of the racing action in Asia.  As it turned out, this was probably the biggest weekend ever for the collective group of AMN members as they took home more than dozen podium finishes.

MSS R2 Winners

Starting with the Malaysian Super Series (MSS) held at Sepang International Circuit, Natasha Seatter and father Stewart finished 2nd in the GT Open class, which was enough for her to take the overall MSS lead from Angus Kirkwood who unfortunately ended his day early with a DNF.  The Seatter team was supported by Race Engineer Martin Hope of GulfSport Racing.  Singaporean Gerald Tan of LTM 9tro coming off his victory last weekend at the Time Attack qualified 4th, but he also ended his day with a DNF.  Everyone will be back in action at the end of June for the 3rd round of the MSS.

Tin Sritrai

The MSS also played host to several other series including the Thailand Super Series Rd1 (follow the link to read the full recap) and the Touring Car Series in Asia by IMSP.  2012 TCSA Champion Tin Sritrai started 2013 with double 1st place finishes and China Dragon Racing dominated the N2000 Class finishing 1, 2 in both races.  In R1 Alex Hui took home the victory followed by teammate Sunny Wong and in R2 they reversed their finishing order.  Billy Lo also ended his weekend on a high note with a 3rd and 4th place finish respectively.

TCSA R1 Winners

In the TCSA Road Sport Challenge Class, AMN members James Tang of TRC and Samuel Hsieh both scored double podium finishes going 2, 3 respectively in both races.  This made Samuel’s first trip to Sepang extremely memorable.  The TCSA will be back in action June 28-30th at the Sepang International Circuit before heading to Korea’s Inje Auto Theme Park for 2 rounds.  Several of our members were at Inje this past weekend to watch the opening round of the Super Taikyu Series, including Mark Thomas who was representing the Asian Le Mans Series which opens their 2013 season there on August 4th.  You can find additional information on the Asian Le Mans Series by visiting their Facebook Page: Asian Le Mans Series – Official.

FRD CTCC R2

There was also racing action at Shanghai International Circuit this past weekend as the China Touring Car Championship and Formula Masters China Series (follow link to see full recap) were both back in action.   FRD could not repeat the 2012 stunning performance at SIC where they completed dominated the field by going 1, 2, 3, 4, but 2012 winner Andy Yan was fast enough to claim both the pole and the race making it 3 straight years for the FRD driver to dominate the Shanghai Circuit Round.  CTCC Rd 1 winner Wang Rui of VW 333 finished 2nd to maintain his driver points lead, but the biggest surprise of the day came from long time friend Pascal’s ASR Da Marco’s team with their first ever podium finish!  First year driver Zhang Shenjun managed to qualify 2nd on Saturday and then pilot the 1.6T Chevy Cruze to a 3rd place finish on Sunday.  The CTCC heads to Tianma Circuit June 8th and 9th.

In closing we also want to mention AMN member Jason Tan of Team Driftmasters and Singapore Stunt Driving successfully completed their Stunt Driving Clinic in Singapore this past weekend.  For those interested there will be another clinic on July 7th. You can find more information on their Facebook Page: Singapore Stunt Driving.

O’YOUNG FORCED TO QUIT FOLLOWING UNLUCKY CRASH IN AUSTRIA

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Press Release

 

For immediate release

2013 FIA WORLD TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP (WTCC)

ROUND 9 & 10 SALZBURGRING, AUSTRIA

OYOUNG RACE REVIEW

 

·         O’YOUNG FORCED TO QUIT FOLLOWING UNLUCKY CRASH IN AUSTRIA

·         DARRYL RANKS SIXTH ON INDEPENDENT STANDINGS AFTER FIVE ROUNDS

 

(20 May 2013, 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. 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.  Please visit www.fiawtcc.com for more WTCC information and www.darryloyoung.com for the latest updates about Darryl.

 

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.”

 

Race 2 at Salzburgring (2013 round 10) – DNS

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2013 Yokohama Drivers Trophy after Round 10 (Top 6)

Position Driver Total points Stat
1 James Nash (GRB) 78 3 win + 6 podium
2 Michel Nykjaer (DEN) 70 3 win + 3 podium
3 Alex Macdowall (GBR) 66 2 win + 6 podium
4 Mehdi Bennani (MOR) 47 2 win + 1 podium
5 Fredy Barth (SUI) 30 1 podium
6 Darryl O’Young (CHN) 29 1 podium

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This press release is generated by Passion Marketing on behalf of O’Young Racing Limited.

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Daniel Chan

TV motorsports commentator

Tel: +852 9287 7891

E-mail: daniel@passionmarketing.com.hk

Thailand Super Series hits the road to Malaysia

Finally, the most talked about close season in Thai racing history is drawing to
a climax and the new era on track is just about to dawn. In fact, it will dawn
in almost exactly 100 hours time as the cars, teams and drivers contesting the
2013 Thailand Super Series will roar into action on Sepang International Circuit
for the first official practice sessions against the clock.

But that is for Friday morning. Over the weekend
the trip to Sepang got underway. While some cars are already in Malaysia, such
as reigning champion Khun Vuttikorn Inthraphuvasak’s brand new MY2013 Porsche
997 GT3-R and Khun Chonsawat Asavahame’s equally-new MY2013 Lamborghini Gallardo
GT3 FL2, both of which tested on the circuit last week, the bulk of the cars are
now being shipped down from Bangkok to Sepang.

That’s a long, 1,500 km trip. The racecars and the
teams’ equipment, including spare engines, transmissions, wheels, tyres and
tools, is travelling in a mix of containers (which can house up to 2 cars plus
equipment) and full-size vehicle transporters (which can hold up to 8
cars).

Almost all the Super Cars have been stored away in
containers. There are 17 containers making the journey in total, with the
remainder filled with equipment. Accompanying the 17 containers are 7 car
transporters, which can each load up to 8 cars. In total there are 50 cars,
drawn from Super 2000, Super 1500 and Super Production, plus 9 Lotus Elise one
make racers, all lashed down on the fleet of transporters for the trip
south.

The major convoy rolled out of Soopanava Port,
which nestles in the sharp sweep of the river, in the darkness late last night
and is expected to arrive at Sepang Circuit by Wednesday afternoon. The teams
will immediately start unpacking and first track running for the cars will be on
Thursday during several free circuit promoter sessions.

Taking Thailand’s biggest and most glamorous
motorsport championship across the border into Malaysia is a major undertaking.
Packing the containers and loading up the transporters took nearly three days of
non-stop activity, starting last Friday, with a hard working team from TSS
managing the operation in conjunction with the port’s own trained staff as the
cars arrived drip-drip on the back of sliders all weekend.

There were a few drivers in evidence at the port
overseeing the loading of their cars over the weekend and one was Khun Kittipol
Pramoj Na Ayudhya (‘Tre’). He’s had a rapid rise up the racing ranks, from
running gentlemanly BMW and Alfa Romeo classic racecars to a Honda Civic FD in
Super 2000 via an EK9.

Last year was an excellent season for his
Singha-Cosmo team. He finished third in Super 2000 Junior with a car that was
essentially still in ‘One Make Race’ trim and with his team mate finishing
second, that gave Singha-Cosmo the Junior teams’ title.

That sets Khun Tre up nicely for the new season.
“The car hasn’t really changed much, I’ve just changed the gearbox to a ‘dog’
box so that should be a little bit faster in the ratios,” he said as the two
white-with-blue-stripes Singha-Cosmo cars were loaded up.

One tweak that TSS has made to the show, he
believes, will play into his hands. “I’m glad that this year Thailand Super
Series has increased the laps so that means you have to be more tactical on how
you preserve the car during the race and how you preserve the engine. So I’m
looking forward to the races this year,” he says. But he notes that his success
last year jettisons him into more competitive territory. “Now we have gone up to
class B.”

Khun Tre is also happy to be part of the TSS
programme and looking forward to the championship’s future. “I think at the end
of last year with no one too sure about the series and too sure about Bira, I
think with the Thailand Super Series now on its way and we’re going to Sepang,
the racing in Thailand is going up and I’m glad to be part of it in the first
year.”

He’s also ready for the long trip south. “We’ve
learnt from last year,” says Khun Tre. “I’ve looked at the videos and seen some
areas where maybe we could improve and better gearing so I think the car should
be quite competitive.”

For the second year racing in Sepang, and the
first for TSS, there will be 73 cars split across four categories: Super Car,
Super 2000, Super 1500 and Super Production. Joining them will be nine Lotus
Elise ‘one-make’ racecars taking part in the Lotus Cup Thailand 2013 that is
supporting TSS at all four rounds.

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