|O’Young got hit and out of Austria with swollen ankle|
DRIVER UPDATE : PCCA : Darryl O’Young
Darryl O’Young had his WTCC Austria debut brought to an abrupt end after the Hong Kong driver was involved in a crash midway through the first race on Salzburgring. The accident also forced O’Young out of the second race, leaving him with no points from the race weekend for the first time since the season-opener at Monza.
Having missed P10, and the consequent reverse grid pole, by a mere 0.03 seconds in the second qualifying session earlier in the weekend, the team STR driver was determined to make things right when the race started.
“I had a good start and was able to overtake Tom Coronel on the first lap. My car was quick and I was pressuring Stefano D’Aste. I went to overtake him and we had some contact which dropped me down the order. In the following corner, I was hit by Charles Ng and this sent me into the wall hard,” said a disappointed O’Young after the accident.
Following the race, it was concluded O’Young’s car was too damaged to even start the second race, forcing him to return home empty-handed. The 32-year-old was then sent to the hospital to check on his bruised left ankle, and doctors later confirmed it was not broken.
The SEAT Leon WTCC driver will now rest his severely swollen ankle for a few days before travelling to Spain to race in the FIA GT1 Championship this weekend. Meanwhile, the 2012 WTCC season will take a two-week break before the second half of the season resumes in Portugal in a fortnight.
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