O’Young To Return To Bamboo For Asian Races

by Peter Allen
Darryl O'Young - Photo Credit: WTCC Media

Darryl O’Young will race for bamboo engineering again in the final three rounds of the World Touring Car Championship season in Asia after switching from Special Tuning Racing.

The Hong Kong driver parted company with Special Tuning after the last race in the United States, having only signed a deal for the opening eight rounds.

O’Young will now return to bamboo, the team he competed for in the 2010 and 2011 seasons, for the weekends at Suzuka, Shanghai and Macau. He will partner team regular Alex MacDowall, racing the Chevrolet Cruze that was driven by Pasquale di Sabatino for much of the season and then Michel Nykjaer and Robb Holland in Brazil and American respectively.

The deal has been made possible thanks to O’Young’s long-term backers LKM as well as new team sponsor Interush.

“I am very close to the entire team at bamboo and I am confident we can carry where we left off in the 2011 season,” said O’Young. “I know the car well and the engineers know my driving style, I also have a strong teammate in Alex MacDowall so these are the right ingredients to try and turn my season around in front of my home crowds in Asia. 

“I have to thank bamboo for the opportunity to work together again and I’ll do everything in my ability to succeed in the coming rounds.”

Team Principal Richard Coleman added: “I am delighted to be able to announce the return of Darryl to the fold.

“We’re all very excited to be working with him again, and we’re hoping it will be third time lucky in Macau to get the win after he claimed Independents pole in 2010 and 2011. With Darryl back on board we are looking forward to delivering more solid results in the closing rounds of the season.”

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