Macau, China, 14 Oct – Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Joao Manuel Costa Antunes announced Tuesday that this year’s “Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix” will bring to Macau racers from 10 countries and regions in Europe, North America and Asia.
Six-time “Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix” champion Michael Rutter is set to return to the Guia Circuit this year in an attempt to finally break the record he shares with fellow British motorcycle legend Ron Haslam, striving to earn his seventh winning at this year’s race.
Michael finished second last year, while Scottish racer Stuart Easton snatched the top position.
The “FIA World Touring Car Championship – Guia Race of Macau” will include Liu Lic Ka, Henry Ho, Jo Merszei and Andre Couto, who won the Formula 3 race back in 2000.
This year, the “Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix – FIA Formula 3 International Cup” will see local driver Michael Ho racing against other drivers from around the globe in the prestigious race that last year was won by then 19-year-old Japanese driver Keisuke Kunimoto.
Edoardo Mortara, Brendon Hartley, Marcus Ericsson, Jules Bianchi and Daniel Ricciardi will also take part in the F3 Macau Grand Prix.
The 56th Macau Grand Prix is set to be held from November 19-22 this year, with the organising committee implementing new safety measures to better protect spectators, the organisers revealed.
Costa Antunes added that giant screens will be set up at various locations in the city to show this year’s event, budgeted at 150 million patacas (around US$ 18 million), according to The Macau Post Daily.
Organised by the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO), the Macau Grand Prix – globally recognised as a testing ground for future Formula One drivers – has been a very important stage of the careers of many prominent racers, such as Britain’s David Coulthard and Germany’s Michael Schumacher, as well as the late Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna, who won the race back in 1983.