Touring car and sports car driver Darryl O'Young is returning to the Le Mans 24 Hours after a four-year absence with the AF Corse Ferrari team. The Canadian-born Chinese driver, who is racing with the ROAL BMW team in this year's World Touring Car Championship, has signed to drive one of AF's GTE Am class Ferrari 458 Italias in the French enduro on June 22-23.
The 33-year-old will share the car with team regular Piergiuseppe Perrazzini and Le Mans debutant Lorenzo Case, who is racing with AF in the European Le Mans Series this year.
O'Young, whose previous Le Mans start came in a Perspective Racing Porsche in 2009, said: "Since I last drove at Le Mans in 2009, I have hoped for the opportunity to return again to this great race. To be able to compete in the 24 Hours with AF Corse is very special.
"We are aiming for the class win and anything less would be disappointing. It will be my first time competing in the Ferrari 458 GTE, but I am sure I can adapt quickly to the car."
O'Young has extensive GT racing experience: he contested a full season in the FIA GT Championship with the ProSpeed Porsche team in 2009, won the Bathurst 12 Hours in 2011 and 2012 driving Audi R8s and has also raced at the Daytona and Spa 24-hour classics.