Disappointing 64th Macau Grand Prix Campaign – We will be back!
It was a difficult week in Macau, with an early engine swap for our #98 car, both cars were ready to challenge the 64th Macau Grand Prix, Guia Circuit. With #98 driven by Wei Chao Yin, who has been racing in Asia Le Mans Series, FRD LMP3 Series and Asia Formula Renault, #99 driven by Tong Siu Kau, racing in Blancpain GT Series Asia.
Practice saw a relatively quiet session until 7 minutes to the end where our #99 car broke a driveshaft at the Moorish Hill, with the car only able to limb back slowly to the pits, causing a red flag. While #98 on the restart after the red flag, went into the brake point at the top of the San Francisco Hill a little too hot with cold tires causing a rear to slip into the barrier, but was able to drive straight back for repairs.
In qualifying, we knew it would be difficult to find clean air with a diverse calibre of drivers, car #98 was onto a personal best lap before it was neutralised by a red flag, while #99 car had trouble with the power steering. At the end car #98 and 99 qualified in 14th and 21st respectively.
The race rolling start was greeted with a massive drift from car #16 of Ken Look, which flew across the track and caused a 7 car pile up and a red flag. #98 escaped the pile up with rear damages and #99 was able to stop before the whole stationary pile of cars.
As the race restarted after a long period of clean up, #99 found himself a brake failure, but was lucky to be able to make his own way back to the pits. #98 was up to 9th place overall ready to challenge for honour, but went into Lisboa too fast and hitting the wall. Luckily Wei was unharmed in the incident, as Macau has always been renown for it unmercifulness.
A special thank you to the drivers and team who have been sticking it up from start to end, it was a very tough week. But be sure we will be back stronger!
We would also like to send our regards and respect for Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix rider Daniel Hegarty who died following an accident in Saturday’s race.
Photo credit: Yushin Suzuki, gcs