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Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Government of the Macau Special Administrative Region, Mr. Cheong U, on the occasion of the Awards Ceremony of the 59th Macau Grand Prix

Dear Honourable guests, drivers and teams, ladies and gentlemen,

In no small part thanks to everyone’s hard work and efforts, the 59th Macau Grand Prix was a great success, even though there were some incidents earlier in the race weekend.

This year we saw an all-round increase in attendance, with increases in the number of teams, media and spectators taking part in the Macau Grand Prix, therefore raising this year’s income.

Over the past few days, we have seen the citizens of Macau support the Grand Prix, with students leaving earlier or walking to school, while some schools and offices adopted flexible working hours, improving the traffic compared to last year. We have received suggestions on how to further decrease traffic and we will discuss the possibility of flexible working hours for public service employees or adopting days-off for students for future Grands Prix in order to minimize the effects of the event on Macau citizens’ daily life. Our thanks again to all the Macau residents’ understanding and support.

Next year marks the 60th anniversary of the Macau Grand Prix, marking an important and new chapter in motorsport history.

We will actively work to strengthen the awareness of the Grand Prix amongst the Macau community and to make every citizen feel that this is truly their own event. At the same time, we will work to promote this truly unique event around the world, including Mainland China, in order to gain further exposure for Macau.

I would like to sincerely congratulate all of the riders and drivers who took part in this year’s 59th Macau Grand Prix. The Guia Circuit is one of the most challenging tracks in the world and we are proud of your success!

Thank you.

November 18th, 2012

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