I just returned from Macau. What a weekend it was ! If someone likes the good old motor racing then Macau GP is definitelly the place to be. Zero glamour and lots of action ! Stay tuned for my Macau GP reviews, photos and videos.
For now the 2008 Windsor Arch Macau GP Formula 3 race result:
1. Keisuke KUNIMOTO – JPN – Tom’s – 41:01.864
2. Edoardo MORTARA – ITA – Signature Plus – 41:03.574
3. Brendon HARTLEY – NZL – Carlin Motorsport – 41:05.870
4. Mika MAKI – FIN – Signature Plus – 41:10.306
5. Renger van der ZANDE – NED – Prema Powerteam – 41:12.140
6. Laurens VANTHOOR – BEL – RC Motorsport – 41:14.839
7. Oliver TURVEY – GBR – Carlin Motorsport – 41:14.998
8. Walter GRUBMULLER – AUT – Hitech Racing – 41:16.559
9. Jules BIANCHI – FRA – ART Grand Prix – 41:20.589
10. Jaime ALGUERSUARI – ESP – Carlin Motorsport – 41:22.665
11. Jon LANCASTER – GBR – Manor Motorsport – 41:22.762
12. James JAKES – GBR – ART Grand Prix – 41:23.282
13. CHENG Cong Fu – CHN – Signature Plus – 41:24.268
14. Max CHILTON – GBR – Hitech Racing – 41:24.468
15. Kei COZZOLINO – ITA – Now Motor Sports – 41:25.134
16. Kazuya OSHIMA – JPN – Manor Motorsport – 41:25.794
17. Daniel CAMPOS-HULL – ESP – HBR Motorsport
18. Atte MUSTONEN – FIN – Raikkonen-Robertson Racing – 41:35.608
19. Nicola de MARCO – ITA – RC Motorsport – 41:48.391
20. Michael HO – MAC – Raikkonen-Robertson Racing – 41:53.603
Stefano COLETTI, Basil SHAABAN, Carlo VAN DAM, Roberto MERHI, Massaki MATSUSHITA, James WINSLOW , Koki SAGA, Marcus ERICSSON, Roberto STREIT, Sam BIRD
Brendon HARTLEY – 2:12.565
Keisuke Kunimoto (Japan) took a surprise victory in the Windsor Arch Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix.
Kunimoto, making his first appearance in Macau, got away better than pole position man Edoardo Mortara from second spot on the grid – and managed to fight off his rival all the way down to Lisboa Bend.
Behind the leading duo Roberto Streit collided with Sam Bird as he tried to defend the position. Streit hit the barriers on the right hand side of the track before spinning across the circuit. The flying wheel just missed him on landing, scary scary moment …
The Safety Car came out but at the restart on lap three Kunimoto maintained his lead. Mortara then locked up at Lisboa bend on lap four allowing Daniel Campos and Jaime Alguersuari to pass him. Mortara later took the third back from Campos and then moved up to second after Alguersuari had to serve his drive through penalty for jumping the start.
Another Safety Car period came on lap eight following Robert Merhi’s heavy crash at R Bend. At the restart on lap 10, Kunimoto managed to edge clear. At the same time Mortara hit the wall in the hilly section and slightly damaged his car. He was able to continue and close the gap to Kunimoto but he could not get close enough to attack. Mortara finished second 1.7 seconds behind the Japanese driver. Brendon Hartley finished third after 3rd ad 4th car crashed out with only 2 laps to go.
“I cannot believe this result, but my TOM’S team is the best in the world and that is why I could get on top of the podium.”
More from Macau GP to come in next few days.