Text: Yda Alvendia / Photos: Philip Alvendia, Alan Sevilla, CGPM, GCS | posted January 06, 2012 15:08
Record 65,000 attendees in 58th Macau Grand Prix
The Macau Grand Prix is considered to be Asia's counterpart of the Monaco Grand Prix attracted a record number of more than 65,000 attendees over the four-day carnival atmosphere weekend for its 58th anniversary. Races in Macau have always been run in hot and humid conditions until the recently concluded event, which led to a more challenging track due to traction issues prompting the safety car to make things more difficult for drivers. Nontheless visitors and local residents still enjoyed the sizzling, high-octane exitement.
SJM Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix
Daniel Juncadella triumphed after a thrilling battle for victory in the "SJM" Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix after making the most out of a safety car restart to grab a lead. The Spaniard was running fourth early on in the race, but jumped two places after a safety car restart on lap five, grabbing the opportunity to overhaul early front runner Marco Wittmann after a slipstreaming battle following another safety car restart on lap 10.
Wittmann, who had started from pole position and had built up a 2.7 seconds advantage managed to recover and finish third even after being overtaken during the restart on the second safety car period. Felipe Nasr took the second pole position.
FIA WTCC - Guia Race of Macau
Rob Huff won the final round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in Macau, but all eyes were on his Chevrolet team-mate Yvan Muller who captured the drivers’ crown with a third placed finish.
Star River‧Windsor Arch Macau GT Cup
Two-time Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix champion Edoardo Mortara was the first one to cross the finish line again this year, but as a GT Cup driver in his Audi R8 LMS GT3, beating off his closest challenger and two-time race winner Keita Sawa of Japan in his Lamborghini LP-560 GT3. Third across the line was Danny Watts in the fairly new McLaren MP4-12C GT3. Watts had tried to challenge for second, but Sawa held firm in the Lamborghini.
CTM Macau Touring Car Cup
Despite suffering from a bad crash in practice, lone Filipino entrant Enzo Pastor managed to join the grid in 19th with a car that barely made it past scrutineering. At the start, it was the Chevrolet Lacetti of Paul Poon and Andy Yan in his Honda Integra DC5 passing pole-sitter Leong Ian Veng's Honda Accord on the run down to Lisboa. Soon after, the safety car was deployed after a series of crashes by several race cars in true Macau Grand Prix fashion.
The race restarted after a four lap safety car period, with Samson Fung passing Leong's Accord, with Lei Kit Ming moving up to fourth place. Fung would manged to slide past his teammate Poon for the lead. On lap 9, Son Veng Racing driver Jeromino Badaraco crashed into the barrier in his Honda Integra at Lisboa corner, with a large pile-up of cars bringing out the red flag.
On the final lap, a clash between Lo Ka Fai and Law Wai Lung allowed Leong to pass and move up to third. Hong Kong's Samson Fung won the first spot ahead of team-mate Paul Poon, while the Macanese polesitter Leong Ian Veng settled for third place