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Macau hosts the best world drivers for the 63rd Grand Prix

The Portuguese F3 driver António Felix da Costa, Felix Rosenqvist from Sweden, British driver Callum Ilott, Daniel Juncadella from Spain and Japanese F3 champion Kenta Yamashita are most likely to win the FIA Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix that will be held on Sunday with 33 drivers from 14 countries. Felix da Costa won the […]

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 8:17 am

The Portuguese F3 driver António Felix da Costa, Felix Rosenqvist from Sweden, British driver Callum Ilott, Daniel Juncadella from Spain and Japanese F3 champion Kenta Yamashita are most likely to win the FIA Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix that will be held on Sunday with 33 drivers from 14 countries.

Felix da Costa won the Macau Grand Prix in 2012 in a Dallara-Volkswagen.

The only Macau driver in the F3 race is 20-year-old Andy Chang Wing Chung that has been racing in the previous 3 editions of the Macau Grand Prix.

The Motorcycle Grand Prix will be held Saturday with 10 drivers, with British legend Michael Rutter being the most likely champion of the race.

Rutter won the Macau Grand Prix 8 times and is looking for another victory. British drivers Martin Jessopp, Ian Hutchinson and Stuart Easton are the main rivals of Rutter in the 50th Edition of the Motorcycle Grand Prix.

In the Guia Race to be held on Saturday morning, Portuguese driver Tiago Monteiro driving a Honda is predicted to win. 36 drivers from 20 countries will compete in the FIA GT World Cup with two races, each of 10 laps with a 15-minute break in between.

Last year’s GT300 Drivers’ Champion André Couto is one of two confirmed drivers for the 2016 FIA GT World Cup. The other is Hiroki Yoshimoto, a three-time class champion of the Suzuka 1000km. Couto will drive a Lamborghini Huracan for FFF Racing and Yoshimoto will drive a Ferrari 488 for HubAuto Racing.

Initiated in 1954, the Macau Grand Prix has been a must-see event for more than four decades. It became the single most important race in the junior motor sport category and remains a major component of Macau’s global tourism footprint.

The 6.2-kilometre Guia street circuit is unique in the region and regarded as one of the world’s best driver’s tracks. Macau has been a focal point for F3 competitors since the initial F3 race in 1983 was won by Ayrton Senna (Ralt RT-3 Toyota).

Dieter Quester, Vern Schuppan, Riccardo Patrese, Geoff Lees and Roberto Moreno all used Macau wins in Formula Libre and Formula Pacific as a springboard to successful racing careers.

Today, Macau remains a focal point for young drivers on the road to the top of international motor sport. The FIA F3 World Cup promises to be tightly contested, with the FIA F3 European Championship having seen 11 different winners over 27 races at nine events. (Macau News/FIA)

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 8:17 am

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