Bamber Paces the Streets in Macau Practice


Earl Bamber has shown rivals he has the measure of Macau as he finished practice two-tenths ahead of the Audi Sport Team WRT pair of Edoardo Mortara and Laurens Vanthoor.

However, the Manthey Racing Porsche 991 GT3R driver did leave it until the dying minutes of the session to put in his lap of 2:19.253 and top the factory Audi crew of Mortara and Vanthoor who set a 2:19.492 and 2:19.682 respectively.

Behind them it was a further Porsche domination as Kevin Estre and Richard Lyons – in the first of the non-manufacturer entries – were the first drivers not to make it down into the 2:19s with a 2:20.078 and 2:20.358.

Surprisingly for the streets of Macau, there was only one stoppage in practice as Adderly Fong had a small crash in the Bentley Team Absolute Bentley Continental GT3 which required the car to be craned off the track to allow the rest of the field to get through.

Elsewhere in the final standings, Maro Engel was behind the wheel of the fastest Mercedes AMG GT3 which finished in sixth place after the car struggled with the rapid first sector, but he did finish just ahead of Darryl O’Young’s Craft Bamboo Racing Porsche 911.

The fastest Lamborghini Huracan GT3 in the 23 car field was Mirko Bortolotti in 11th and speaking of Italian manufacturers, the fastest Ferrari 488 GT3 in the field was the Spirit of Race entry of Pasin Lathouras in 13th with a 2:22.240 to sandwich himself between a pair of privateer Audi R8 LMSs.

Qualifying for the qualifying race takes place tomorrow morning at 7.00am and is available to livestream here: www.fia.com/macau-grand-prix-live-stream.