Disappointing 64th Macau Grand Prix Campaign – We will be back!

Disappointing 64th Macau Grand Prix Campaign – We will be back!
逆境不順的第64届澳門格蘭披治大賽-我們會再來挑戰。

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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.

這是一個艱辛的澳門週末。我們的#98車因早期發動機問題需要在澳門現場更換。在一群專業技師的努力下兩台賽車都已經準備好挑戰第64屆澳門格蘭披治大賽-東望洋賽道。我們的#98號車手蔚超音,曾參加亞洲勒芒系列賽,FRD LMP3系列賽和亞洲雷諾方程式系列賽。我們的#99號車手唐紹裘是參加亞洲寶珀GT系列賽。

練習賽看見了一個相對安靜的練習環境直到最後7分鐘,99號車因為在摩爾希彎道斷了橫塞導致車輛只能緩慢地開回維修區,造成全場紅旗。紅旗後練習重新開始#98號車也因為進入松山山頂煞車點時因為輪胎未夠熱引至拂尾撞牆,但是幸運地車輛能夠直接開回去維修區,沒有令練習時間中止。

在排位賽中,我們已經知道在眾多不同能力的車手中很難找到一個沒有車擋的一圈,98號車手在做到個人最快圈速的那一圈出現紅旗所以不能計算,與此同時,99電軚方面遇到了問題。最終#98和#99號在排位賽中以第14和第21的成績完成。

比賽開始時,16號車發生了巨大的飄移,橫過賽道,造成7車連環相撞,大會立即出示紅旗,98號車也因此造成了車輛後方損壞,但是#99號車能夠在這些車輛碰撞後及時煞車,逃過此處大撞車。

經過長時間的清理後,比賽重新開始,99號車發現自己煞車失靈,但幸運的是能夠自己開回維修區。98準備為榮耀而挑戰,但是當進入葡京彎的時候,因速度太快撞上了圍欄,幸運的是#98號車手沒有受到傷害。

特別感謝自始至終堅持不懈的車手和車隊,這是一個艱難的一週,但是可以肯定我們會更強地回歸!

藉此機會悼念因意外身亡的澳門格蘭披治電單車大賽英國車手赫加迪。

Photo credit: Yushin Suzuki, gcs

#wewillbeback #macaugrandprix #disappointed

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