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54TH MACAU GRAND PRIX - RACE

Polytec Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix – FIA Formula 3 Intercontinental Cup


GP2 star Bruno Senna accepted an invitation to take on the challenge of Macau again, and will be looking to add the name Senna to the roll of honour for a second time in this, the 25th running of the event. His uncle, Ayrton, won the first ever Macau F3 Grand Prix back in 1983, and Bruno, 25, will drive for the newly-crowned FIA Formula One World Champion’s F3 outfit Raikkonen-Robertson Racing with Galaxy this weekend.

The “best in class” in F3 will line up on the grid with Bruno.  F3 Euro Series champion Romain Grosjean will face stiff competition from his season-long rivals, Swiss ace Sebastien Buemi, championship runner-up, and German Nico Hulkenberg, 3rd.  Japan’s Kamui Kobyashi and James Jakes, 4th and 5th in the 2007 championship, are also strong contenders from the ranks of the F3 Euroseries.

British Formula Three champion Marko Asmer was on the front row of the grid in Macau last year and a potential winner until his path was blocked, so returns this year with a score to settle.  Stephen Jelley, second runner-up, joins Bruno as part of a four-car entry from Raikkonen-Robertson Racing, while Sam Bird, 4th this year, will race for successful outfit Carlin Motorsport along with Niall Breen, 5th in the final standings for the British series. 

From the Japanese F3 series comes newly-crowned champion Kazuya Oshima with Team Reckless Tom’s, runner-up Roberto Streit and Briton Oliver Jarvis, also a race winner in the A1 GP series, 3rd in the standings.  From the ATS Formel 3 series in Germany come champion Carlo van Dam, who partners Macau youngster Rodolfo Avila at HBR Motorsport.  Also from Macau are drivers Michael Ho, Lei Kit Meng, Cheong Lou Meng and Jo Merszei.

 

FIA WTCC – Guia Race of Macau – Presented by Sociedade de Jogos de Macau, S.A.

For the third successive year, the FIA World Touring Car Championship (FIA WTCC) will be decided at Macau with six of the biggest names in touring car racing set to fight it out for the prestigious title.  Two-time champion BMW's Andy Priaulx and SEAT's Yvan Muller are tied on points at the head of the standings and Augusto Farfus, James Thompson, Jörg Müller and Nicola Larini all in contention for the crown.

Despite the championship battle being between those six drivers, each and every man lining up on the grid will have only one aim – victory on the Guia Circuit. The FIA WTCC regular stars will be joined by several “wild cards” who are bound to add even more to the already-impressive line-up.  Macau’s Andre Couto will be at the wheel of an Alfa Romeo 156. Multiple Guia Race winner and victor in one of the FIA WTCC rounds at Macau last year, Dutchman Duncan Huisman is joined this year by Macau newcomer and BTCC racer Colin Turkington in a pair of BMW 320sis.  SEAT Sport has entered Rickard Rydell winner of the 1992 Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix and Guia Circuit regular. From Macau comes Ao Chi Hong in a BMW 320i.

With the top 20 in qualifying often covered by less than one second, the Macau Guia race is set to once again be the scene for a famous title decider. The Manufacturers’ Championship too will be awarded in Macau, with BMW and SEAT separated by only 10 points

Championship standings

1. Andy Priaulx & Yvan Muller, 81 pts

3. Augusto Farfus, 71pts

4. James Thompson, 69pts

5. Jorg Muller, 66pts

6. Nicola Larini, 61pts

 

Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix – 41st Edition

Following his astonishing performance at Macau last year, in which he denied fellow Briton Michael Rutter a seventh - and record-breaking - Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix title, Steve Plater is back this year to defend his crown.  However he must overcome a tough line-up of adversaries from twelve nations and territories if he is to repeat his success of a year ago, the most determined of which will undoubtedly be Rutter.

Stobart Motorsport is fielding a strong entry in the form of Ian Hutchinson, 3rd last year having challenged for victory in the early stages, and 2001 Macau winner John McGuinness.  McGuinness notched up his 13th Isle of Man TT victory earlier this year, setting a new outright lap record of 130mph, and has been on scorching form ever since.

The line-up for the 41st running of the event is packed with seasoned professionals and a dazzling array of exciting newcomers.  British newcomer Martin Jessop, 21, makes his Far East debut this year.  He began his career at the age of six in motocross, with success moving him through the ranks to first the British Championship and then European Youth Supercross series.  His first road race came at 17 on a GP125cc Honda and, after just two years, he earned a place with a World Endurance Championship Phase One junior team where he became the youngest ever rider to score championship points.  From there he moved to the British Superstock Championship, where his best result was 3rd, and the British Supersport Championship on a 749 Ducati.  Next year Jessop plans to compete in the British Superbike Championship.

Jessop is partnered on the team by another newcomer Conor Cummins from the Isle of Man.  Cummins, also 21, began his career like most youngsters on the Isle of Man on short circuits.  He made an impressive road racing debut in 2005, competing in the R6 Cup.  He made his Isle of Man TT debut the following year, and in 2007 won two Irish titles and tops the prestigious Duke Road Race Rankings which ranks British and Irish road racers.

As part of a strong USA contingent, Mark “Thriller” Miller is looking to capitalise on his Isle of Man experience to repeat his previous success in Macau. John Haner is hoping to erase the memories of a disastrous 2006 Macau outing when he was let down by machine failure, and Jeremy Toye, comes fresh from winning his third successive Toyota open class shoot out race which pays US$50,000 to the winner.

These Macau regulars will be joined by fellow American and top flight rider Jimmy Moore, who will make his Macau debut in the 600 Supersport Class on a Kawasaki.  Moore has ridden for many of the leading American privateer teams.  With Michael Rutter as his team mate, the Macau rookie could ask for no better advice on Macau’s demanding Guia Circuit.

Once again, the field is a truly international affair with Thomas Hinterreiter of Austria, Franky Heidger and Rico Penzkoferof Germany, joined by Gerald Muteau and Pierre Chapuis flying the flag for France.  Portugal is represented by Jose Leite, Luis Pimenta and Luis Carreira, while Cameron Donald is the sole entry from Australia.

With Irish rider and Macau regular Martin Finnegan on board, legendary Italian marque MV Agusta will make its Macau debut this year.  Finnegan will ride a factory MV Agusta F4 312 1000cc Superbike, the first ever appearance of the bike outside Italy.  The team and the machine itself are named after the 312kph speed which earned the 1000cc F4 the title of the world’s fastest production bike.

In the 600 Supersport category, last year’s winner Steve Allan returns to defend his title, while runner up in 2006, Callum Ramsay is also back.

Macau riders João Fernandes, Sou Sio Hong, and Leong Iok Choi are all entered in the Supersport class.  Fernandes has this year been competing in the FIM World Endurance Championship in the Super Production category, scoring two victories in the class in his debut season.  Sou makes his 7th appearance in the race, his best finish to date being 4th in 2001.  Leong meanwhile finished 3rd in the category on his debut in 2000.


Support Programme

From Chinese Taipei comes Lin Chia Hao who races regularly for a Chinese team across the country, and makes his Macau debut this year on a Yamaha.  Hong Kong’s Cheung Wai On, a multiple winner in Macau’s former motorcycle novice race and 3rd in the Supersport class last year, will be aboard a Kawasaki machine this year.Specifically organised for homologated Super Production cars and open to drivers with international licenses issued by their respective motor sports governing associations, the CTM Cup was first run in 1991, and each year attracts a field of up to 40 drivers from across the region. Each year the race the leading drivers from across the Asian region to compete amongst each other, including top racers from the Macau, Hong Kong and Asian Touring Car championships.

in 1958 as the ACP Trophy, what is now the Hotel Fortuna Trophy has varied over the years from eight to 30 laps.  Up to 40 national license holders from Macau compete in Group N 2000cc cars.

The Bel-Lago Cup is open to national license holders from Hong Kong, competing in Group N 2000cc cars, and is run over 10 laps of the Guia Circuit. Drivers must have taken part in the N2000 Class of the Hong Kong Touring Car Championship (HKTCC) in order to be eligible to enter the Macau race. 

Each year since its inception in 2003, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has held its season grand finale at the Macau Grand Prix. The field consists of two categories:  Class A for professional drivers, which attracts the region’s leading sportscar specialists; and Class B for non-professional racers.  With both categories points-scoring and with two championship titles to be fought for at Macau, the race promises to be nothing short of spectacular.

First run in 2003, the 5th Macau Grand Prix Scooters Cup is held specifically to enable Macau residents an opportunity to join the on-track action.  The race is divided into three groups; 125cc, four stroke engines, and 70cc and 50cc classes.  There are prizes awarded for first, second and third place overall, with a trophy for the winner of each class.  The race allows a maximum of 60 scooters to take the start and is an exciting addition to the race programme.

 

 

November 12, 2007

 

 

 

 


 

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