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O’YOUNG FORCED TO QUIT FOLLOWING UNLUCKY CRASH IN AUSTRIA

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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.

 

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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.

Copyright © 2013 Racing Spirit, All rights reserved

Reposted from Thailand Super Series News

The 2013 China Touring Car Championship Gets Off to a Rough Start

2013 CTCC Rd 1

The long anticipated start to the 2013 CTCC season faced an abundant amount of obstacles this weekend at Zhuhai International Circuit.  An untested tire supplier, planned introduction of a “spec” car and weather all contributed to a rather bumpy first weekend.  Expectations were for 15 cars from 5 teams with the possibility of Honda adding a car as well, but on qualifying day private team ASR de Marco and Honda were both no shows.  Kia K2 had not provided all their document requirements and private team G Racing only had one of their Cruzes ready to go.

That left a field on 4 333 VW’s, 4 FRD Fords and a G Racing Chevy to challenge for position during qualifying.  FRD’s newly signed driver Martin Xie captured the pole position followed by VW’s Wang Rue and Gao Hau Wang.  2012 Drivers Champion and fan favorite Han Han of 333 suffered a mechanical issue and could not finish the qualifying session so he was forced to start Sunday in 9th position.

Sunday brought even more surprises as two of the K2 Kia’s and an additional G Racing Cruze were allowed to enter the race despite not participating in the qualifying session bringing the field up to 12 cars.  Unfortunately Han Han’s day ended before it even started as 333 did not have the necessary parts to fix his mechanical issue from the day before.

Just before race time the Zhuhai area was hit by a massive rain storm, but after a 10 minute delay for a tire change organizers decided to proceed with the race.  In the very first turn VW’s Gao Hau Wang spun off the track and by the end of the 3rd lap 3 more drivers joined him including front-runner Martin Xie from FRD.   The safety car was deployed with VW 333’s Wang Rue in the lead.  The bulk of the remainder of the race proceeded under caution and was finally stopped after only 12 laps.  Following Wang Rue to the premature checkered flag were FRD’s Rainey He and Kia’s Lin Le Feng who took 3rd despite not participating in qualifying.

Despite the rough start, I believe the 10 anniversary season will end up being a great one.  Next stop for CTCC is in Shanghai at the International circuit on May 26th.

A Thank You goes to www.touringcartimes.com, www.ctcc.com.cn and www.frdsports.com for providing the coverage of this event.

DARRYL O’YOUNG SCORES IN BMW DEBUT AMID TORRENTIAL RAIN

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2013 FIA WORLD TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP

ROUND 1 & 2 MONZA, ITALY

OYOUNG RACE REVIEW

 

  • O’YOUNG SCORED IN BMW DEBUT AMID TORRENTIAL RAIN
  • DARRYL QUALIFIED AS TOP BMW IN ITALY

 

(25 March 2013, Hong Kong) Making his ROAL Motorsport debut in a BMW 320TC at the 2013 World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) season opener in Monza yesterday, Hong Kong car racer Darryl O’Young, who qualified as the top BMW 320TC driver, banked eight points after battling in the rain for both races. He now ranks 5th in the WTCC independents’ standings.

“There are many positives to take away from this weekend such as our qualifying pace. I feel very confident as we head into the next few races. The conditions for Sunday race day completely changed everything for us, as it rained the entire day and rear wheel drive cars are known to struggle in the rain.” The 32-yea-old, whose birthday is coming tomorrow, continues. “It’s frustrating as I feel the pole position (of Race 2) was wasted this time in Italy.”

Starting in the 10th place in the opening race, O’Young lost a few places to Marc Basseng, Gabriele Tarquini and Stefano D’Aste as the trio got past him as early as the second lap. The Macau WTCC independents winners did fight back to reclaim a few places as the race went on, but he went into gravel later on lap 9 before finishing with an independent P6, and overall P13.

O’Young started the second race from pole on reverse grid. Despite conceding a few places approaching the end of the first lap, the 32-year-old was able to focus on scoring as many points as possible and crossed the finish line as the fourth fastest car in the independent class.

A top six and another top four finish in Monza allowed Darryl to pocket eight valuable points in his maiden race with his new team, a befitting outcome echoing the qualifying results, especially given the severe intervention on the morning.

The next race will be held in Morocco, on the Marrakech street circuit, in two weeks’ time.

 

Qualifying 1 at Monza – Independent P4 & Overall P8

“It was a fantastic qualifying session for me this weekend here in Monza.  This circuit is known to be one of the worst tracks for the BMW with its long straights, so we knew a top 5 in qualifying wouldn’t be possible here on this track.  My target was to qualify in the top 10 overall and also be the top BMW in the field, and this was exactly what we achieved in qualifying.”

Qualifying 2 at Monza – Independent P4 & Overall P10

“I got the maximum from my BMW today and it was the best result I could have hoped for here in Monza WTCC qualifying. I am the top BMW, and most importantly, pole position for Race 2.”

Race 1 at Monza (2013 round 1) – Independent P6 & Overall P13

“In race 1, I struggled for grip in the rain and began getting passed by the front wheel drive cars. Some small contact with Swiss driver Freddy Barth put me through the gravel and this cost me several positions. At the end, I was able to recover but it was disappointing.”

 

Race 2 at Monza (2013 round 2) – Independent P4 & Overall P12

“In race 2, I started from pole position but I knew it would be impossible to hold the lead in the heavy rain conditions. I decided not to give too much of a fight to the front wheel drive cars and focus on scoring as many points as possible. I held the lead only for two corners and the front wheel drive cars passed me like I was standing still.”

Sponsors LKM and FUSPEED are the major forces behind Darryl’s pursuit of success in the 2013 FIM World Touring Car Championship.  Please visit www.fiawtcc.com for more WTCC information and www.darryloyoung.com for the latest updates about Darryl.

2013 WTCC Calendar

Race Rounds Race Name Date
1 1 & 2 Race of Italy 24 March
2 3 & 4 Race of   Morocco 7 April
3 5 & 6 Race of Slovakia 28 April
4 7 & 8 Race of Hungary 5 May
5 9 & 10 Race of Austria 19 May
6 11 & 12 Race of Russia 9 June
7 13 & 14 Race of Portugal 30 June
8 15 & 16 Race of Brazil 28 July
9 17 & 18 Race of United States 8 September
10 19 & 20 Race of Japan 22 September
11 21 & 22 Race of China 3 November
12 23 & 24 Guia Race of Macau 17 November

2013 Yokohama Drivers Trophy after Round 2 (Top 5)

Position Driver Total points Stat
1 James Nash (GRB) 16 2 podium
2 Alex Macdowall (GBR) 12 1 win
3 Michel Nykjaer (DEN) 11 1 win
4 Fredy Barth (SUI) 9 1 podium
5 Darryl O’Young (CHN) 8

 

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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

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2013 Pan Delta Super Racing Festival Recap

A huge crowd on hand for the Spring Festival

A huge crowd on hand for the Spring Festival

The Spring edition of the 2013 Pan Delta Super Racing Festival at Zhuhai International Circuit drew a huge crowd on this slightly overcast day.  This year brought a few more changes to the format with the edition of a 1 hour “Drag Battle” on both Saturday and Sunday with televised racing also occurring on both days.  We attended Sunday’s attaction and are extremely greatful to the ZIC management team for providing us with VIP access.  Over the years they have been extremely accomendating to us and this year being the first we attended as QA / AMN was no exception.

Not the scene you want to see hours before the race

Not the scene you want to see hours before the race

Our first stop was the pit house of our good customer VPower to find a rather chaotic scene as they scrambled to try to fix a head gasket issue.  They got things back together and made it onto the track, but their day ended with a DNF.  Unfortunately this would be an ongoing trend for all of our Circuit Hero II racers.

The Drift Battle was a huge hit with the crowd

The Drift Battle was a huge hit with the crowd

Domestic Sales Manager Wu talks things over with D2 Boss

Domestic Sales Manager Wu talks things over with D2 Boss

Not a lot of smiles in Bald Guy's pit house

Not a lot of smiles in Bald Guy’s pit house

The first event of the afternoon session was the Red Bull Drift Battle and I admit I had some reservations when I heard they were going to put on a Drift Battle this year, but if the crowd reaction was any indication it was a HUGE success.  James Tang from TRC didn’t make the podium, but Saori Ishikawa, Tommy Chan and Harry Tung left the crowd on their feet.

After taking in some of the Drift Battle action, we continued our walk down the pit lane. Things looked good in the D2 pit house as they were relaxed and ready to race.  Unfortunately they narrowly missed a podium finish in Circuit Hero II Class A finishing 4th.

In the Falcon Racing (aka “Bald Guy”) pit house we received a some what frosty reception, which is not surprising as our previous efforts with them ended in 4 straight DNF’s.  It didn’t help matters that this day again ended with a DNF, but both of us are equally committed to getting back on top.

Dan Kruger relaxed and enjoying himself 30 minutes before dominating R2

Dan Kruger relaxed and enjoying himself 30 minutes before dominating R2

The day wasn’t without some bright spots though as Canadian Dan Kruger completely dominated R2 of the Superbike race after getting edge out on the final lap the day before in R1.

ZIC Media and Control Room

ZIC Media and Control Room

Hawk Performance getting some good exposure

Hawk Performance getting some good exposure

Asia Invades Bathurst

Equity OneWith Chinese New Year fast approaching things are pretty quiet on the Asia racing front so a few have decided to attempt to tackle 12 Hrs of Bathurst in Australia. Darryl O’Young has already arrived and will be preparing to race for Dean Koutsoumidis’ Equity-One team along with Andrew McInnes and Simon Middleton. Clearwater Racing who has dominated the GT Asia series for the past couple of years will also be on hand making their first appearance in Australia.

We wish both Darryl, Mok Weng Sun and their respective teams the best of luck this weekend!

 

You can read more about Clearwater Racing here.

WSBK Championship Postpones Only Asia Stop

WSBKFIM recently announced it was postponing the March 10th WSBK event at Buddh Circuit, India until November 17th.  They didn’t feel their would be sufficient time to properly train all of the marshals and medical staff for India’s first ever World Superbike race.

As reported by The Times of India, Jaypee Sports International Limited (JPSI), the owners of BIC, said that they were not concerned about the change in the WSBK calendar. “The WSBK officials probably didn’t want to take any chances. They are entering the Indian market for the first time and they want everything to be perfect,” a JPSI official told TOI on Wednesday.

“Now that we’ll be hosting the last race of the season, JPSI officials including our track marshals and medical staff will probably visit some of the other WSBK races. Unlike F1 races, we’ll be expected to get a lot of things in place like the SBK village inside the circuit. It’ll be good to learn by visiting some other races,” the official added.

A look inside the Saturday Night Fever series in Malaysia

Here is a great inside look from the SNF series. No matter where you’re at in the world racing has some common key elements that are highlighted throughout this video. Don’t worry, the music gets better as the video goes along and there is some English.

MMF Pro National Motocross Series Kicksoff February 17, 2013

Mx MessiahWhile we are enjoying the final day of the Dealer Expo in beautiful downtown Indy, the MX Messiah Fairgrounds in the Philippines will be kicking off their 2013 Pro National Motorcross Series.

The MX Messiah Fairgrounds was created to give Filipino athletes a training center for Extreme Sports with the mission of producing the “Manny Pacquino” of Extreme.  Mx Messiah Fairgrounds and Xtreme Adrenaline Sports Entertainment Company’s (MMF’s event organizer) mission is to unite the sport of motocross in the country and, not just that, to extend this desire for unity to various genre of extreme sports such as: Free style Motocross (FMX), Bicycle Motocross (BMX), Down Hill MTB, Inline Skate, and Skateboard. Their vision is to see Filipino Youths, instead of channeling their quest for ultimate thrill from senseless activities, become world-class extreme sport athletes vying to bring honor and glory to both God and country.

As soon as they publish their full 2013 schedule we will update our calendar accordingly!

Volkswagon leads the way with 5 of the top 10 selling cars in China

According to focus2move.com latest report on China car sales, Volkswagon continues its dominant market position and it is also beginning to show up in demand for performance parts.  VW tuning has long been popular in China with companies like APR Tuning having a wide network, but now we’re seeing an increasing interest in hard parts like forged pistons and stroker kits.  A couple of other vehicles in the top 10 to take notice of are the Chevy Cruze and Ford Focus.  FRD got an earlier jump on the ECOBoost 1.6T engine during the 2012 CTCC season and nearly had the championship wrapped up by the 1/2 point.  With the success of the Chevy Cruze in WTCC several CTCC teams are running the 1.6T engine with hopes of gaining a factory sponsorship. 

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