Darryl O'Young - Photo Credit: fiawtcc.com

O'Young joins Special Tuning from rival British squad Bamboo - Photo Credit: fiawtcc.com

Darryl O'Young has switched to the Special Tuning Racing team for the new World Touring Car Championship season, the team has announced.

The Vancouver-born Hong Kong driver joins Tom Boardman at the team, which will run SEAT Leons with support from SEAT Sport. O'Young moves across from the bamboo engineering team, where he has driven Chevrolets for the past two seasons.

“I'm really looking forward to the new season ahead with Special Tuning Racing in the WTCC,” said O'Young, who last weekend won the 12 Hours of Bathurst in an Audi R8.

“It is a new direction for me as I will be competing with a SEAT Leon 1.6 Turbo for the very first time, but I have every confidence in the car this year as SEAT Sport has been working hard on its new development over the winter.  STR has had years of experience with the SEAT and I will do everything in my ability to help the team earn strong results on their return to WTCC racing.

“Our deal came together quite late which means we won't be having any testing ahead of Monza, but I'm relieved we were able to finalize everything in time and we will work hard to catch up quickly and challenge for the independent title.  I've had a great two years with Chevrolet and Bamboo, and I'm looking forward to this new challenge and opportunity that lies ahead for me with Special Tuning Racing.”

Team principal John Boardman added: “We already knew what an exceptional talent Darryl is. He's raced all the over the world and his experience speaks for itself.  When the opportunity to sign him came up, we knew he would be a great asset to the team.

“The WTCC is going from strength to strength. Several new manufacturers have made it clear they want to be in the Championship, and we're looking forward to competing on the world stage again and showing what we can do.”

The season begins at Monza next weekend.