“Mr. Macau” Takes Pole Position As Yoong Crashes Out

by Alex Goldschmidt

Italy’s Edoardo Mortara, who has had a season to forget in the DTM this year, secured pole position for tomorrow’s Audi R8 LMS Cup race at the iconic Macau circuit, which saw championship leader Alex Yoong crash out hard after qualifying in 6th place for tomorrow’s final race of the season. The Malaysian driver however will be unable to continue due to the extensive damage to his vehicle, but reports have said that he was uninjured.

Mortara himself, who will also be racing in the Macau GT Cup next weekend, which is an event that he has won over the last two years, is competing in the #5 Brothers Racing Team Audi alongside Macau’s very own André Couto and was the man that was dominant throughout all the practice sessions and qualifying on a track he loves to race on.

The Audi Sport driver also is in the field alongside former-DTM racer and Audi works driver Rahel Frey, who has competed in her first season in GT racing and qualified a respectable eighth for the race and currently sits fourth overall in the standings.

theCheckeredFlag.co.uk asked the Italian driver shortly after the Hockenheim finale about looking forward to racing at the Guia circuit: “The city and the race are just great, the atmosphere is unique – you can`t compare it with any other event. I have very good memories as I was successful some times before. So I’m hoping that will be a good finish of the motorsport season with some good feelings for the winter time.

He did look back on a season that has been very difficult for both himself and Team Rosberg teammate Filipe Albuquerque, but said it was a case of putting the pieces together, especially with past victories in 2012 showing what can happen when it all goes well: “2013 was not what we expected – and that goes for me, for Filipe and for Team Rosberg. A strong result at the final would have helped to get a bit more motivated through the winter, but unfortunately that wasn’t going to happen.”

With both drivers starting their year on a high with a class win at the Rolex Daytona 24 Hours in an Audi R8 Grand-Am earlier on this year alongside South Africa’s Dion von Moltke, Mortara will be looking for the top step to finish out what has been a difficult season for him, but will hope for better fortunes in 2014.

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