2008 Macau GP – Kunimoto wins the incident packed Macau Formula 3 race

2008 Macau Formula 3 race - incident after incident

2008 Macau Formula 3 race - incident after incident

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

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2008 Macau GP – Day Two – Mortara tops practice, van Dam fastest in qualifying

Edoardo Mortara looks like the man to beat this weekened in Macau. He was the quickest driver also in the 3rd session in Macau. He ended the final practice 0.117 ahead of Carlo van Dam.

There were several incidents in the final practice. Jaime Alguersuari crashed at the San Francisco Bend badly damaging his car. Another front runner, Carlo van Dam, had his off at the Lisboa but managed to stop the car before hitting the barriers.

Friday qualifying saw a change on the top – Carlo van Dam clocked the fastest time ahead of Sam Bird, Keisuke Kunimoto and the fastest driver in previous three sessions Edoardo Mortara. It was exciting session with Sam Bird on pole and improving in the first sector of his next lap when Kei Cozzolino hit the barriers at the Fishermen’s Bend. The session was red flagged with less than 4 minutes remaining. Only the cars with garages towards the exit of the pitlane had enough time to make one more run after the restart. It looked like Sam Bird may hold on to his pole but then Carlo van Dam grabbed the pole with only seconds remaining. Macau Formula 3 continues tomorrow with Qualifying Race.

You can listen to replay of radio commentary of two Friday’s sessions here (tri-lingual Portuguese, Cantonese and English):

Macau Formula 3 Friday Practice Radio
Macau Formula 3 Friday Qualifying Radio

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2008 Macau GP – Day One – Edoardo Mortara tops the time sheets

Edoardo Mortara fastest in Macau on Thursday

Edoardo Mortara fastest in Macau on Thursday

The 55th Macau GP begun on Thursday with the first practice and qualifying sessions. The fastest times in both Formula 3 session went to Italian driver Edoardo Mortara (Signature Plus), the runner up in 2008 Formula 2 Euroseries championship. Carlo van Dam, Roberto Streit and Roger van der Zande were all near the top in both sessions.

Macau is the track where it impossible not to crash and there were of these on Thursday. In the first practice Mika Maki crashed heavily at Fishermen’s Bend, Kazuya Oshima and Walter Grubmuller went off at Maternity Bend.

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Macau Grand Prix – The Formula 1 connection – Trivia

Nick Thomas will race in the Windsor Arch Macau GT Cup Grand Prix

Nick Thomas will race in the Windsor Arch Macau GT Cup Grand Prix

Ferry tickets, hotel room, grand stand ticket and thanks to Nick Thomas (on the picture above) also the paddock passes – all set and ready to go.

The 55th Macau GP long weekend will start this Thursday, November 13th. The first Macau GP was organized back in 1954. Since 1983 the Formula 3 race is part and the highlight of the race weekend programme in the former Portuguese enclave.

Although Macau never hosted and likely never will host Formula 1 race the Macau GP has strong F1 connection. The first Macau GP Formula 3 race winner was Ayrton Senna, the other winners include among others Michael Schumacher, Ralf Schumacher or David Coulthard.

18 out of 22 2008 F1 drivers raced in Macau before

18 out of 22 2008 F1 drivers raced in Macau before

This year 22 drivers started the Formula 1 season. Eighteen of them raced in Macau before. Can you name some or all of them ?

See 2008 Macau GP Formula 3 Entry List here

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