Poster perfect exotic cars, lined-up the starting grid for 12 grueling laps of the famous Circuito da Guia, Macau. As it has been for several years now, the Macau GT Cup continues to be one of the most popular racing events at the Macau Grand Prix. Thirty-three entrants came to seek the much coveted Macau GT Cup win for the 60th edition of the Macau Grand Prix.
Starting on pole was the German, Maro Engel, in his Erebus Motorsport Mercedes SLS AMG GT3. In second position was ‘King of Macau’ Italian Edoardo Mortara powered by his Audi R8 LMS Cup. While Alexandre Imperatori, flying the Hong Kong Flag, in his Team Star Chase Porsche GT3 4.0 started on third position.
As the cars roared across the starting line for the rolling start, you could feel that an intense battle for the win was about to commence. True to form, the opening lap saw the collision between New Zealander, Earl Bamber’s (#72) LKM Racing Porsche GT3 RS 4.0R and Stefan Mucke’s (#97) Craft Racing AMR-Aston MartinVantage GT3 which caused a full course yellow and for the safety car to be deployed. Only 28 cars survived the first lap incident.
The race resumed as the safety car pitted in at the end of lap3 with Engel (#36) in his SLS AMG GT3 on top followed closely by Imperatori’s (#99) Porsche GT3 RS 4.0R and Van Der Zande (#63) SLS AMG GT3. Mortara was relegated to 4th, but followed closely behind the leaders. Just before the leaders got past Lisboa corner on the restart in Lap 4, the race progress was again delayed as Ro Charlz (#13) in his Lamborghini LP-560-4 hit the barriers on the kink heading down to Mandarin Bend causing another pile-up and safety car condition as the cars involved in the incident were blocking the racetrack.
Lap 5 had to be completed with the whole grid having to pass through the pit lane to avoid further incidents with the wrecked cars and safety personnel and equipment on course. With the clean-up taking longer this time, the safety car stayed on course until the Lap 6.
As the race resumed on Lucky Lap 7, Engel(#36) in his SLS AMG GT3 still remained in the lead while followed closely by Imperatori (#99) in his Porsche GT3 RS 4.0, Van der Zande (#63) in another SLS AMG GT3 and then by Mortara (#1) with, thankfully, no racing incidents.
The battle for the lead ensues for the 8th Lap, but Lap 9 proves to be unlucky for Engel (#36) who retires from the race, handing over the lead to Imperatori (#99) in his Porsche GT3 RS4.0R followed by Van der Zande (#63) and Mortara (#1).
In a bold move, Mortara (#1) then takes 2nd Place from Van der Zande (#63) and starts to apply pressure to Imperatori (#99). And as the leaders stumble into back markers, Mortara (#1) manages to get closes enough to snatch the lead from Imperatori (#99) on the very final lap to win the City of Dreams Macau GT Cup Championship. Mortara’s win proves that when in Macau, not only does one have to have the best skills, equipment and team but also must have lady LUCK at your side. With this win, Mortara makes it a total of 6 wins in the Macau Guia Circuit, a feat not normally achieved.