Callum Ilott: “I just made sure I brought it home”

Callum Ilott - Credit: Thomas Suer

Callum Ilott continued his strong weekend around the streets of Macau as he finished second to Antonio Felix da Costa in the Qualifying race on Saturday.

The British racer had started on the front row of the grid after an excellent performance during Friday’s qualifying session, and although he made a sluggish getaway, he found the perfect line and a great tow from those ahead of him to lead into Lisboa on the opening lap, just before a safety car neutralised the race due to a number of crashes at Mandarin Bend.

Felix da Costa managed to get ahead on the restart, but the Van Amersfoort Racing ace continued to keep the pressure up on the Portuguese racer, setting the fastest lap of the race and finishing just 0.850 seconds shy at the chequered flag.

“[I] didn’t get a great start as clutch had got hot with lights being on for a bit,” said Ilott after the race. “I found myself in fourth then I got the slipstream and came into the corner around significantly faster, around 10km/h than everyone else, [and] got past.

“Once Antonio got past I caught him easily but after running wide was on the final turn I just made sure I brought it home.”