Macau Grand Prix Set To Celebrate Diamond Jubilee In Style

by James Charman

The Macau Grand Prix Committee has announced an unprecedented programme for two weekends of racing in celebration of the 60th running of the Macau Grand Prix.

The second of the two weekends, running from Thursday November 14 through to Sunday November 17, will feature three prestigious headline races, the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix, the final rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship and the 47th running of the unique Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.

The Macau GT Cup has firmly established itself as an important international sportscar invitational and attracts prestigious automotive marques and star drivers will be joined by the Macau Road Sport Challenge for modified road cars.

Making its debut at the Guia circuit will be the Lotus Greater China Race and the Master Challenge. The Lotus Greater China Race is a one-make invitational race, featuring a limited edition Lotus Elise 1.6 Club Racer for drivers from China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Macau and Asia.

The Master Challenge will see some of the greats to race at the Macau Grand Prix and Asia’s most successful drivers compete in Volkswagen Scirocco R racing cars, the same model used in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup China series.

The weekend of November 9-10 will feature six races around the legendary Guia circuit will include the Macau Touring Car Cup for 36 of Asia’s leading tin-top competitors and the MAC/HKG Interport Race. Joining the tin-top races are three sportscar races showcasing three iconic marques, including the Audi R8 LMS Cup, the Lamborghini Super Trofeo and the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.

Finally, the Formula Masters China Series will make its debut at Macau. The junior single-seater series will start its inaugural season in May for young talent across China and Asia, with an invitational season finale to be held at Macau. The one-make series uses a Tatuus FA010 carbon composite monocoque chassis, powered by a Formula Evo 2.0 FSI engine from Volkswagen group.

The city of Macau will celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the Grand Prix in grand style, featuring two weeks of city-wide celebrations including shows, parades, an international fireworks contest and its famous cosmopolitan food festival.

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