Mortara becomes the first driver to win the Macau GP F3 race twice

Edoardo Mortara celebrating his second Macau GP win in a row

Edoardo Mortara celebrating his second Macau GP win in a row

Edoardo Mortara won the 2010 Macau GP Formula 3 race and made history by becoming the first driver to win this race twice. The 23-year-old Italian driver made a strong start from pole position. However, a start line crash resulted in two laps of the safety car and at the restart both Daniel Abt and Laurens Vanthoor slipstreamed Mortara on the long straight. They passed their team-mate before Lisboa corner. Abt however haven’t spent much time inthe lead. He crashed only seconds later and safety car was out for the second time. When it came in, it was Mortara who took advantage and slipstreamed Vanthoor to re-gain the lead. He pulled away and never looked back. Valtteri Bottas closed on Vanthoor but the order at the top hasn’t changed.


Mortara 2010 Macau GP winner

Edoardo Mortara - 2010 Macau GP winner

“It feels superb to win again and it’s a great honour for me to be a small part of motorsport history. Every year the competition at this race is really tough. Today was a big challenge. Laurens [Vanthoor] and Valtteri [Bottas] were pushing me really hard. I’ve got quite a lot of experience here and know that if you haven’t got a big gap to the car behind as you exit the last corner, they will overtake you. I thought I had enough when the first safety car came in, but unfortunately that was not the case and they Laurens and Daniel [Abt] passed me right at the end of the straight. Daniel then crashed and he wasn’t moving as we came past the wreck behind the safety car, so I really hope
he’s okay.

At the second restart I got close enough to Laurens on the straight to pass him, and from there I pushed like hell. More than in qualifying. I gave it everything – every corner I was close to touching the wall. I risked it all to create a gap. The best part was seeing my guys cheering from the pitwall as I took the chequered flag. I love my Signature boys. Huge thanks to them and to Volkswagen for giving me a fantastic car and fantastic support. This is a sensational end to the perfect year for us.” – Edoardo Mortara

2010 Macau GP – Formula 3 Race Result:

1. Edoardo MORTARA – Signature – 39:30.753
2. Laurens VANTHOOR – Signature +2.120
3. Valtteri BOTTAS – Prema Powerteam +3.156
4. Marco WITTMANN – Signature +6.230
5. Renger VAN DER ZANDE – Motopark Academy +10.631
6. Antonio DA COSTA – Carlin +13.173
7. Jean-Eric VERGNE – Carlin +16.508
8. Roberto MERHI – Prema Powerteam +19.313
9. Felix ROSENQVIST – Performance Racing +20.343
10. Carlos HUERTAS – Hitech Racing +21.362
11. Felipe NASR – Raikkonen Robertson Racing +22.994
12. Alexandre IMPERATORI – Toda Racing with KCMG +23.926
13. Hideki YAMAUCHI – Hanashima Racing +25.486
14. Jazeman JAAFAR – Carlin +25.989
15. Will BULLER – Fortec Motorsport +31.563
16. Yuji KUNIMOTO – Tom’s +36.143
17. Rafael SUZUKI – Tom’s +36.621
18. Oliver WEBB – Fortec Motorsport +41.413
19. James CALADO – Carlin +41.753
20. Yuhi SEKIGUCHI – Three Bond Racing +46.198
21. Adderly FONG – Sino Vision Racing +46.336
22. Lucas FORESTI – Fortec Motorsport +46.731
23. Hywel LLOYD – CF Racing with Manor Motorsport +49.720
24. Kimiya SATO – Motopark Academy +52.555

Not Classified

4. Daniel ABT – Signature – lap 2
15. Daniel JUNCADELLA – lap 1
14. Rio HARYANTO – Raikkonen Robertson Racing – lap 1
24. Carlos MUNOZ – Hitech Racing – lap 1
13. Michael HO – Raikkonen Robertson Racing – lap 1
11. Alexander SIMS – Raikkonen Robertson Racing – lap 1

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