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59th Macau Grand Prix15th - 18th November 2012CarlinCarlin’s Antonio Felix da Costa stormed to victory in the Macau Grand Prix today to complete an impressive season for the Portuguese racer and the British team. Racing in his Volkswagen liveried car, da Costa led every racing lap this weekend around the notoriously challenging street circuit. It was a typically eventful race for da Costa’s team mates, with Felipe Nasr the next highest Carlin car in fifth, Carlos Sainz Jnr seventh, William Buller 10th, Daniel Abt 12th while Jack Harvey retired in the pits minus his front wing.

Having won Saturday’s Qualification Race, da Costa took the top spot for the 59th Macau Grand Prix today. As the lights went out, it was the fast starting Felix Rosenqvist who briefly took the lead, but da Costa stayed calm to slip stream back into the lead in the run down to Lisboa.

Behind him, Sainz lost several positions from his fourth place grid slot, and spent the rest of the race fighting back from 14th place to the leading pack. Meanwhile Nasr had made a good start and was up to fifth. An early safety car halted racing action after Lucas Wolf hit the barriers, and at the restart, da Costa withstood the pressure to hold onto the lead.

With the track green again, da Costa still lead from Rosenqvist, Nasr was fifth, Buller was ninth, Sainz had recovered to 10th, Harvey was fighting in 11th and Abt was 14th. Keen to make up for the start, Sainz was on a charge and passed his F3 Euro Series team mate Buller and finished the race putting Pipo Derani under pressure, while Harvey was still on the edge of the top ten, but lost a position to Jimmy Eriksson.

Having recovered from a severe stomach bug which had hampered his weekend, Abt was on the move and passed Hideki Yamauchi. His team mate and British F3 champion Harvey was soon to suffer misfortune though, as he returned to the pits without his front wing after contact on track.

Macau served up its usual late race drama when Ryo Hirakawa suffered a heavy crash at R Bend and collected Lucas Auer in the process. The race continued without a safety car, but with yellow flags at the final corner for the remaining two laps. Da Costa however, remained in control to take an impressive Macau victory for the Carlin team.

Reflecting on his win, the Portuguese racer said, “I’m speechless but at the same time there’s so much to say. I was on the limit the whole race and Felix and Alex gave a really good fight. Thank you to the team and to Volkswagen for both a fantastic package and the opportunity to race here this week. It was an unbelievable weekend. So many amazing names have won this event, and it’s incredible that my name has been added to that list as well.”

A delighted Trevor Carlin added, “Antonio had a strategy ahead of the race, which was to let Felix [Rosenqvist] take the lead off the line if it looked close, rather than risk his car, and then take the lead back at Lisboa. He read the situation perfectly as that’s exactly what happened. He hasn’t put a foot wrong all weekend, and thoroughly deserves all the opportunities he’s getting at the moment. A huge thank you to the team who have worked so hard in the run up to this race, and of course to Volkswagen for providing a fantastic engine.

“We had a fantastic line-up in Macau this year, and the results show just how challenging this race is. Traffic in qualifying, safety cars, accidents, and even illness in the case of Daniel [Abt] can affect your weekend, but I’m very proud to have had these six great drivers with us in Macau this year.”

Felix RosenqvistFelix Rosenqvist brought his 2012 Formula 3 campaign to a strong close by finishing second in the prestigious Macau Grand Prix in China. Rosenqvist took the chequered flag just one and a half second behind race winner António Félix da Costa in Sunday’s 15-lap finale, as he became the first Swede to take to the podium at the event – which pitches 30 of the world’s most promising single-seater talents against each other – since Björn Wirdheim finished third in 2001. The Mücke Motorsport man ended the race as the highest-placed driver from the ranks of engine supplier Mercedes, completing a weekend that saw him constantly feature at the top of the timesheets.

“A very good conclusion to the year for us,” says Felix Rosenqvist. “We have been as quick as anyone out there this weekend, and a podium at Macau makes the winter break a lot easier; even though I would have loved to win today. António drove a great race, though, and I just couldn’t get close enough to him on the straights to overtake. Still, I am obviously happy with the way the weekend went, and I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Mücke Motorsport and Mercedes for a great car – this wouldn’t have happened without them.”

Rosenqvist showed his intentions already in the opening free practice session on Thursday, going second fastest, and never falling outside the top five in any of the subsequent outings across the weekend. Having topped the second practice session on Friday, Rosenqvist was then on course for a lap that would likely have put him on pole position for Saturday’s Qualification Race in the afternoon qualifying showdown, only for a last-gasp red flag to force him to abandon his effort. Once the Qualification Race got underway, however, the 21-year-old quickly established himself in second place, a position he then maintained throughout the finale after having briefly led the event off the line.

“Macau is something truly unique, and I’m thrilled to have made the podium in the most classic F3 race of all,” Rosenqvist concludes. “We’ve enjoyed a fantastic second half of the year with four wins in the European championship, and this means a lot to everyone who has worked so hard to get us to this level. I am already looking forward to next year, and – regardless of what I end up doing – I am sure it will be something good.”

Felix Rosenqvist adds the Macau Grand Prix podium to his previous victory at the 2011 RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 at Zandvoort, the Netherlands.

Antonio Felix da CostaCarlin’s Antonio Felix da Costa will start tomorrow’s Qualification Race in Macau from the front row of the grid following a disrupted second Qualifying session this afternoon. Having set a time quick enough to hold provisional pole overnight, Da Costa went into the afternoon session hoping to defend his position however three red flag periods meant he just missed out on taking pole. Team mate Carlos Sainz Jnr will start from fifth place while Felipe Nasr had an unlucky session during which he hit the wall – the Brazilian will line up sixth. Daniel Abt makes it four Carlin cars in the top 10 finishing ninth; Jack Harvey will start 13th and Will Buller in 17th.

In the opening minutes this afternoon it was provisional pole man Da Costa who was once again on the pace early on in his Volkswagen powered Dallara Formula Three car however there was very little time for the drivers to set a quick lap due to a red flag caused by Felix Serralles who had crashed heavily into the barriers.

When the cars were able to take to the track once again Nasr, Harvey, Abt and Buller all began going faster and soon set times quicker than they had during the first qualifying session – therefore improving their positions ahead of the Qualification Race tomorrow.

At the front however Daniel Juncadella was making his way up the grid and threatening to take the position from Da Costa however it was Alex Lynn who was able to make the most of a clear track snatching pole from the Carlin man.

However the session was once again red flagged following a crash into the barriers for Lucas Auer. Unfortunately for Da Costa this ruined what would have been a personal best time for him and giving him only one lap on his new tyres.

With just eight minutes of the session left on the clock it quickly became a rush to exit the pit lane, get a fast lap time on the board and find a clear space on the circuit. However in the quick turnaround it was Nasr who was next caught out by the barriers; unfortunately the damage to the car brought out further red flags and ultimately brought qualifying to an end.

As a result Carlin will start tomorrow’s Qualification Race with four cars in the top 10; Da Costa will line up on the front row next to pole sitter Lynn. Sainz and Nasr were closely matched in fifth and sixth respectively while Abt starts from ninth. Macau rookie Harvey will start from 13th following a strong session while Buller improved his time however will start in 17th place.

Looking ahead to the race tomorrow Da Costa said, ‘I really wanted pole position here but there were so many flags out on track with various incidents which meant I wasn’t able to get a fast lap in on my new tyres. But that’s the risk you take in Macau. We had a good qualifying yesterday so I’m pleased that has given us a front row start.

‘We’ve been strong in practice as well around here which definitely holds us in good stead for the racing this weekend and I’m looking forward to a good race tomorrow.’

Trevor Carlin added, ‘We’re reasonably satisfied with how qualifying went today however all of our drivers were compromised by the red and yellow flags over the course of sessions so we didn’t really show our true pace. We’re fully expecting all the drivers to make up some good places in the race tomorrow.’

Carlin’s Antonio Felix da Costa has taken a great provisional pole position in this afternoon’s qualifying session for the Macau Grand Prix in his Volkswagen powered Dallara Formula Three car. After a fast paced first qualifying session it was the Red Bull Junior driver who came out on top with team mate Carlos Sainz Jnr close behind in third position. Felipe Nasr had another strong session however made slight contact with the wall on his final flying lap to qualify sixth while Daniel Abt, who had been suffering with illness all day, qualified in 11th position. William Buller ended the session in 15th while Jack Harvey qualified 18th after suffering with a steering issue during the session.

Following a strong first practice session this morning, which saw Nasr as the pacesetter, the cars took to the track this afternoon for Qualifying 1 ahead of the Macau Grand Prix. Nasr was once again quick during the opening laps however he had Da Costa and Sainz looking racy behind him as the times fell and the serious battles for position began.

With the time ticking down Sainz and Nasr began swapping places at the top and by the mid-way point it was Spaniard Sainz who had the upper hand while Da Costa was also lying in the top 10 waiting to make his move. Buller meanwhile was also having a solid run, re-familiarising himself with the track and making his way up the time sheets.

For Abt, who had been very feeling unwell all day, the session was a difficult one; however despite his illness he was comfortably running within the top ten before a red flag, following a crash for Andrea Roda, brought proceedings to a stop with just six minutes left on the clock.

As everyone made their way back out on track there was very little time to complete a flying lap. Unfortunately Nasr brushed the wall on his final lap which ended his session prematurely and although he sustained very little damage, the contact ruined his final lap meaning he provisionally lines up in sixth place for Saturday’s qualifying race.

Abt continued to drive well despite feeling ill; qualifying just outside of the top ten in 11th, while Buller, who had also tapped the wall during his final lap, placed his car in 15th position overall. Unfortunately for Harvey a steering problem meant that he was unable to get the most out of his session – provisionally qualifying in 18th.

Having taken provisional pole Da Costa said, ‘It’s obviously really great to get provisional pole but tomorrow is another day where everything could change. The weather could play its part but we’ll just have to take it as it comes.

‘The track got quicker as the session went on and I was able to get my lap in at the end at the perfect time. I feel in tune with the car and I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of the weekend brings us.’

Galaxy Double RHighly rated single-seater stars Jimmy Eriksson and Kevin Korjus have been officially confirmed as Galaxy Double R Racing’s two drivers for the upcoming 59th Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix, which will take place at the Circuito da Guia over the weekend 17th/18th November.

Swedish 21-year-old Eriksson, the newly crowned champion of the ATS Formula 3 series in Germany, will make his second appearance at the blue riband Macau event having debuted in 2011. This year’s outing with successful British squad Double R though will mark his first competitive experience of a Dallara F312, having raced the previous generation chassis in ATS Formula 3.

Eriksson will arrive in the Far East off the back of a sensational season in Germany where he proved to be the dominant force in the national championship, securing eight wins and taking a total of 18 podiums from the 27 races contested.

“I’m excited to be able to return to Macau for a second time this year”, said the Swede, “The dialogue with Galaxy Double R Racing has been positive throughout and it didn’t take long to commit to this collaboration. I have already visited the team in the UK in order to try out the new car that everyone has to drive in Macau and the first signs are very encouraging.”

Estonian teenager Kevin Korjus, meanwhile, will be embarking on his maiden visit to Macau and also his first race experience of a Dallara-Mercedes F3 car. Despite being just 19-years-old, the Gravity Sports Management-backed racer has already sampled Formula One machinery as part of the ‘young driver test’ at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi last November.

Korjus, who has been racing in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series for the past two seasons off the back of winning the 2010 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 title, was also promoted into the reserve driver role at the Lotus F1 Team for this year’s Italian Grand Prix. Notably, Korjus is also the youngest driver in the history of FR 3.5 to win a race – during the 2008 Monaco Grand Prix support event.

“Everyone has told me what a fantastic circuit Macau is and it’s obviously a really big event in world motorsport, all of the top drivers have raced and won in Macau”, said Korjus, “I’m really happy to be racing with Galaxy Double R, I tested with the team at the end of 2010 after I won Eurocup Formula Renault so I know the guys well. Hopefully we can have a really good weekend in Macau.”

Double R Racing, sponsored once again for the world’s most prestigious F3 race by Galaxy Macau, is the last British team to claim victory in the former Portuguese enclave with current Indycar star Mike Conway racing to the win in 2006.

Galaxy Double R had a great opportunity to fight for the win, and certainly the podium, during last year’s event with current Williams F1 Team test driver Valtteri Bottas but an unfortunate clash with the unforgiving barriers on the fifth lap forced the Finn into retirement while in second place.

Looking ahead to this year’s event, team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt said: “Macau’s always a race everyone looks forward to, it’s fantastic to be going back there and especially with the support of Galaxy Macau. We’ve got a high quality driver line-up again so we’re aiming for some big results.

“It’ll be tough, it always is, but Jimmy and Kevin are hugely talented drivers and we’re confident they’ll hit the ground running. Obviously, Macau is the biggest F3 race in the world and it’s been long enough now since we last won it – hopefully 2012 will be Galaxy Double R’s year!”

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Felix Rosenqvist, Macau Grand Prix 2011Felix Rosenqvist will participate in the world’s most prestigious Formula 3 event, the Macau Grand Prix, for the third consecutive year. Like in the 2011 edition of the famous Chinese street classic, Rosenqvist will represent his regular team Mücke Motorsport, which will also field cars for German Pascal Wehrlein and Australian Mitchell Gilbert. The spectacular race – which takes place in the central parts of the former Portuguese colony outside Hong Kong – is generally regarded as the unofficial Formula 3 world cup, and attracts an ultra-competitive grid featuring 30 young single-seater talents from a full 15 different countries in 2012.

“Macau is the absolute highlight of the year, and the greatest challenge you can face as a driver in Formula 3,” says Felix Rosenqvist. “I’m really looking forward to getting back there for a third time; particularly considering the positive autumn we’ve had in Formula 3 Euro Series and the FIA European F3 Championship. With two race wins from the last two rounds, my confidence is currently on a high, and I obviously hope that we’ll go through the Macau weekend without all the misfortune that hit us last year. We should benefit from having three cars in the team this time out, and I really can’t think of a better way of ending the season than with another go at my favourite track.”

Mücke Motorsport team principal Peter Mücke is also buoyant going into the unique event, as his team prepares for its second outing at Macau.

“We are already looking forward to our second appearance in Macau, and we are happy to go there with Felix as one of our drivers once again,” says Mücke. “He is on a roll in the Formula 3 Euro Series right now, scoring wins and being very fast on track. He can also benefit from his experience of previous visits to Macau, and he put last year’s misfortune behind him a long time ago. Felix is able to win the Macau Grand Prix.”

The Macau Grand Prix takes place on November 15-18. Before then, Felix Rosenqvist is set to conclude the Formula 3 Euro Series and FIA European F3 Championship campaign at Hockenheim in Germany on October 19-21.

2012 British Formula Three Champions Carlin will be taking a total of six cars to the prestigious 59th Macau Grand Prix next month. Carlin will take the two most recent British F3 champions in the form of Jack Harvey and Felipe Nasr, and race winning F3 drivers Carlos Sainz Jnr and William Buller. Completing the team’s largest ever showing at the blue riband event will be GP3 front runners Antonio Felix da Costa and Daniel Abt.

Making his racing debut at Macau this year will be newly crowned British F3 champion Harvey, who sealed the 2012 title following an impressive double victory at Donington last month. The Racing Steps backed driver will be looking to carry the momentum from his season into the 59th edition of the Grand Prix.

“It’s great to go to Macau as the British F3 Champion,” says Harvey. “I went last year with Carlin to experience the atmosphere however I wasn’t racing so I can’t wait to get in the car this year. It’s possibly one of the biggest and most important one off races we see on the single seater calendar so to be able to go there as the most recent British F3 Champion means a lot to me. To take the win on my first visit would be extremely tough however I’m going to be pushing hard to finish my season on a high!”

Harvey’s team mate Sainz Jnr will race with Carlin in Macau for the first time in November, although the 18 year-old Spaniard raced on the challenging street circuit with another team in 2011. The Red Bull Junior, who has seen an initially promising season plagued with bad luck and incidents, is aiming to get back to his race winning ways and show his potential in Macau this year.

Sainz’s Formula 3 Euro Series team mate Buller is also Macau bound with Carlin. The Northern Irishman, who has been a race winner in both F3 and GP3 this season will be making his third visit, and is aiming to improve on sixth place in last year’s incident strewn race.

Making a return to Carlin’s F3 squad will be 2011 British F3 champion Nasr, who finished second in both last year’s Qualifying Race and Macau Grand Prix last year. Despite having moved up to GP2 this season, the Brazilian racer still feels there is unfinished business around the Guia circuit.

“I’m very happy to be returning to Macau with Carlin,” said Nasr. “We were quick last year so I’m very excited to be joining the team again for this race. It’s going to be a challenge for me after a year of GP2 where the cars are more powerful and will probably take a little while to get used to but I’m really looking forward to it because it’s such a special race.

“Winning at Macau has been a goal of mine since the start of my career so I’m going to push hard for this race and go for the win!”

Also in the mix in the Volkswagen powered Carlin Dallaras will be GP3 front runners da Costa and Abt. Both drivers have raced wheel to wheel this season, with da Costa challenging for the GP3 title with Carlin, and Abt creating a thrilling season finale to finish just two points shy of eventual champion Mitch Evans. Both drivers have shown fantastic ability this season to lead from the front and fight their way through the field, which could be important in the typically incident packed Macau street races. Both drivers have experience of Macau, with da Costa suffering the misfortune of a broken first gear after qualifying second for last year’s event.

Trevor Carlin added, “Macau is an extremely important event on the motorsport calendar and one that is fondly remembered by all drivers who have competed there. With only the new 2012 F3 cars eligible for entry into Macau this year, it was more important than ever to support the event with a strong line-up to allow it continue as a highlight of junior motorsport for many years to come. With our 2012 team we have one of our best line-ups ever and the potential to produce a classic Macau Grand Prix.”

Hannes van AsseldonkThe final round of the FIA F3 European Championship scheduled on October 21st at Hockenheim is still missing but Prema already has interesting news for what is considered the World Final of F.3 on the fast and technical street circuit of Macau, where the team of Angelo Rosin prevailed in 2011 with Daniel Juncadella.

One of the four Dallara-Mercedes will be reserved for Hannes Van Asseldonk, who participated in the British F.3 Championship in 2012. Van Asseldonk chose Prema for Macau, the Team for which he had already tested and raced in a few Formula Abarth Races in 2010 with excellent results.

“Having Hannes with us is a real pleasure”, says Angelo Rosin, Prema’s Team Principal, “I remember him being very fast and although he was at his debut he was able to accomplish impressive wins. After that experience in 2010 our paths divided but now we will work together again and aim at obtaining important results”.

“I am very happy to race with PREMA at the next 59th Macau Grand Prix. After the races and successes obtained together in 2010 in Formula Abarth we have always been in contact and finally our destinies meet again”, says Hannes Van Asseldonk. “PREMA has always been very competitive on the difficult street circuit of Macau and I am convinced that I will benefit from the proper means to compete at the highest level. After the good result achieved last year I can’t wait to go back on track. Macau is an atypical circuit where you can never lose your concentration as a potential mistake is just behind the corner, but I am motivated and focused to face this meeting in the best way and obtain a great result”.

Felix RosenqvistThe 2011 Macau Grand Prix did not go according to plan for Felix Rosenqvist. The 20-year-old – who was one of several pre-event favourites following his RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 victory back in August – ran into trouble already in Thursday’s opening free practice session, where he encountered a long queue of standstill cars on the approach to the Melco hairpin and ran into the back of Estonian Marko Asmer. The Stewards held Rosenqvist responsible for the collision, and sent the Swede to the very back of the grid for Saturday’s Qualification Race. Already heavily compromised by his penalty, the Mücke Motorsport driver then crashed into retirement in Sunday’s finale after making contact with one of the unforgiving walls that line the Guia Circuit.

“This was simply an utterly disappointing weekend; there is no reason to call it anything else,” says Felix Rosenqvist. “My shot at a decent result more or less disappeared already on Thursday, but Macau is a very special venue and it’s never over until it’s over. Unfortunately, though, things didn’t get much better in the races, and although we had an efficient car on the straights, we struggled a bit with the set-up in the mountain section. We were fast enough to battle for a top five result if we would have stayed out of trouble, but at the end of the day things sometimes just don’t turn out the way you want them to.”

Rosenqvist posted the eighth-fastest time in Friday’s qualifying session – just one tenth shy of fifth place and 0.7 seconds adrift of Pole-setter and regular Formula 3 Euro Series rival Marco Wittmann – but had to see his efforts come to nothing due to the penalty from Thursday. The crash in the finale then brought the Swede’s event to a premature end. Victory in the classic street race outside of Hong Kong went to Spaniard Daniel Juncadella – another of Rosenqvist’s Formula 3 Euro Series competitors.

“I am obviously everything but satisfied with the outcome of Macau, but overall it’s still been a very good season,” Rosenqvist concludes. “I continue to learn something new every time I climb into the car, and we’ve been among the quickest in Formula 3 Euro Series more or less all through the campaign. I am now looking forward to a chance of recharging the batteries for an even stronger performance in 2012 – we will definitely be back!”

Felix Rosenqvist can look back at a season which, coupled with the RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 triumph, has seen the Swede claim one victory, ten podiums and five fastest laps in his first Formula 3 Euro Series campaign.

Valtteri BottasFinland’s Valtteri Bottas finished just shy of the podium for Galaxy Double R Racing at the Circuito da Guia today, Saturday, 19th November, by taking fourth position during the all-important Qualification Race for tomorrow’s hugely prestigious 58th Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix.

The reigning GP3 Series Champion, also a race winner with Woking-based Double R in the British Formula 3 International Series this year, held third on the opening lap and ran three-wide with pole position starter Marco Wittmann and 2011 British F3 Champion Felipe Nasr through the first turn.

On the outside line for the right-hander at Lisboa, Bottas had to settle for third and although unfortunately slipping behind reigning F3 Euroseries Champion Roberto Merhi on lap two at the same corner the Double R racer produced a very strong performance. At the start of the ninth tour the Safety Car was deployed due to an incident so racing ended under caution at the end of lap 10.

Arriving late in Macau on Thursday, 17th November, following a Formula One test outing with the AT&T Williams F1 Team at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi earlier in the week, Bottas’ troubles were compounded when a further delay meant he also missed the first part of opening qualifying.

Even so, with seriously limited track time, the Finn’s class shone through and he steered his Dallara-Mercedes HWA to fourth fastest during the all-important dry second qualifying session on Friday, 18th November, within just 0.4 seconds of pole position. This then became third on the Qualification Race grid when Merhi was penalised.

“Valtteri did a great job today, it’s a shame he couldn’t stay ahead of Merhi but starting on the second row for tomorrow is good”, said Galaxy Double R team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt, “The pace is obvious, he set the second fastest lap today, so we can definitely fight for the win from there. Considering the difficulties he had missing first practice it’s been a fantastic effort so far.”

Team-mates Marko Asmer and Mitch Evans both face a very tough challenge during the GP itself, the Estonian ending today’s encounter in 18th place – having run as high as seventh before sidepod damage ruined his straight-line speed – while New Zealander Evans finished in 22nd on his first time in Macau after starting at the back of the grid due to engine problems in qualifying.

Asmer, making a welcome return to Macau, was just 0.8 seconds shy of Bottas’ qualifying time to place him 12th on the grid for today’s race despite having had no regular race programme for the past couple of years.

The 2007 British F3 Champion was unfortunately handed a three-place penalty due to erroneously straying over the pit-lane exit marker line in qualifying. This was actually nullified though when other drivers were also handed a variety of penalties.

Climbing superbly into seventh place on the opening lap, Asmer used all of his experience to fantastic effect but after incurring sidepod damage he was powerless to prevent a drop down the order to an eventual finish of 18th position. He will therefore have another incredibly difficult race ahead of him tomorrow, starting on the ninth row of the Grand Prix grid.

Evans’ debut weekend in the former Portuguese enclave began with dire misfortune when his engine had to be changed due to a failure, caused by over-revving, before he had even had a chance to post a time during second qualifying.

Leaving the teenage Kiwi in 30th and last place on the grid for today’s encounter, he actually started 28th due to the varied penalties for others and produced a superb opening lap where he gained half a dozen positions and then proceeded to climb up the order further.

Unfortunately, contact to the rear of his Dallara-Mercedes from Richard Bradley on lap six forced Evans down an escape road and ruined all of his great work although he was able to recover into 22nd – meaning he will begin his first ever Macau F3 GP from the 11th row of the grid and ahead of several experienced drivers who encountered their own difficulties.

“Mitch had a lot of bad luck during the build-up to today and again in the race when he was taken out, he did a great job though and we’ve got high hopes he’ll come through the order well again tomorrow”, added Hieatt.

“Marko had a great start and first lap, really drove well, but then the damage to the sidepod made his car like a brick in a straight line. He’ll have a tough time tomorrow from 18th on the grid but he has the experience and ability to turn it around into a good result.”

The 58th Macau F3 Grand Prix will begin at 15.30 (local time) tomorrow, Sunday, 20th November.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography