Darryl O’Young now leads the drivers’ championship after a dominant race two win in Shanghai, where Daniel Lloyd helped the #99 pair to lead from start to finish. O’Young is now four points clear of second place, with only one round left in the championship scheduled for next month in Thailand. The #88 Interush Aston Martin of, Richard Lyons and Frank Yu, proved to be even quicker, setting the fastest lap of the race but were unable to capitalize on their speed after having to fight their through their way through the midfield.
O’Young’s teammate, Daniel Lloyd, started on pole position and was dominant from the start, creating a 2.9 second gap by the end of the first lap. From here, the Craft-Bamboo driver stormed away, nailing consistently quick times to put them ahead of the competition who were busy fighting among themselves.
“Really pleased with the weekend, Daniel drove a fantastic stint to pull that gap”, said O’Young after the race. “He had new tyres on and he pushed the limit and he opened enough of a gap so we could gain track position when I took over. Thankfully, our main competitors were kept busy fighting with each other which played into our hands. It was a really good decision by the team to stay on used tyres, this gave me hot tyres to really push on the out lap so I could instantly start building a gap. From there, it was about remaining consistent and not make any mistakes. I am really happy to gain the championship lead; the team has done an amazing job on helping us get there. We must focus on Thailand now and concentrate on doing a good job to take the championship.”
By the time Lloyd entered the pits for his compulsory stop, he was over 13 seconds ahead of their season rivals in the Bentley. With a 10 second time penalty due to their win in race one, the lead that Lloyd had built was essential to the #99’s success. “Great race two, starting from pole I knew it was going to be tough with the success penalty from yesterday”, said Lloyd. “I knew I had to get a big gap, so I started on new tyres. My first lap was great, I got a good gap and that allowed me to relax. From then on it was about being consistent, I then handed the car over to Darryl with a gap of about 12 seconds. This was enough to keep in front of the Bentley and the Ferrari. Darryl was really quick with his out lap and from then on, and the Ferrari and Bentley were battling among themselves. We managed to come out with the championship lead and that’s just fantastic.”
After a flawless pit stop, O’Young hit the track ahead of the Bentley and continued the pair’s run at the head of the pack. The gap had been eroded but the championship winning Hong Kong driver put his head down and focused on increasing his lead. From there, O’Young disappeared at the front of the field, building a gap over the scrapping pair of cars behind him. Running a faultless race, the #99 of, Darryl O’Young and Daniel Lloyd, crossed the line with a lead of 9.310 seconds and took the only double win of the GT Asia Series season so far.
Frank Yu started the race in P8 and after fighting hard during his stint was once again hit from behind. Frank was undeterred and did not give up his challenge, continuing to fight with the competition. The GT Asia veteran was able to complete a fantastic in lap to hand the car over to his teammate, Richard Lyons. “My start was a little slow due to my vision being blocked by the rear wing of the Bentley in front of me so I lost two positions, I managed to gain one back and I was hit again from behind”, said Frank. “After the bump I was about three or four lengths back, but I did a great in lap and gained a few positions.”
The Irishman had shown great pace all weekend and race two was no exception. The GT ace fought his way from P12 and was able to move up several positions thanks to his string of fastest laps. Lyons was hunting down the competition with great speed. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time on the clock but Lyons was able to take P7 and a chunk of championship points to help Craft-Bamboo Racing remain in the hunt for the teams’ championship.