MACAU, China — Alex Lynn won the 2013 running of the Star River‧Windsor Arch Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix, leading home António Félix da Costa in a tense encounter.
Barely more than a second covered the pair throughout the second half of the race, Lynn showing nerves of steel to take his first win in Macau at just his second attempt.
“I can’t really put it into words,” said the Theodore Racing by Prema driver.
“I’ve dreamed of winning this race and ever since I left here finishing third (last year). All I wanted to do is come back here and win and I can’t believe I’ve actually done it.”
Carlin driver da Costa, who won the race 12 months ago, started fourth, but quickly found himself in third when Felix Rosenqvist retired on the first lap. He then slipped past Pipo Derani on the run to Lisboa following an early restart, but was unable to overhaul the leader, despite closing the gap in the second half of the race.
Derani wound up finishing third, but it took a little bit of good fortune. The Fortec driver had just been passed and gapped by Prema Powerteam’s Raffaele Marciello, only for the Italian to crash out of the race at R Bend four laps from the end.
A pair of Britons were next, Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport) leading home Carlin’s Jordan King — who was not only the best-placed rookie at the end of the
Rob Huff won a heavily interrupted final race of the 2013 FIA World Touring Car Championship season on the streets of Macau.
The race featured two lengthy stoppages, the first coming just seconds into the race, with a multi-car pile-up on the front straight at the start.
The race was eventually re-started, with ROAL BMW driver Tom Coronel leading the way. But it barely lasted a lap, Eurico De Jesus’ Honda left blocking the circuit after he crashed into Tom Chilton’s Chevrolet, which was limping back to the pits after contact with the wall. That caused a second pile-up, which led to the race being stopped again.
The race was re-started for a four-lap sprint to the end, with Huff barging past Coronel on the run to the Lisboa on the second lap to set up the win.
“I didn’t come here realistically thinking a win was possible,” said Huff. “It was always going to be tough, so I’m very happy with the results. I seem to click around here. It just works. I’m very happy, very excited, today could not have gone better.”
Pepe Oriola finished second, the Tuenti Racing driver breezing past Coronel on the run to Lisboa at the start of the last lap. Coronel hung to take the final spot on the podium.
The bamboo-engineering Chevrolet pair of James Nash and Alex MacDowall finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Newly-crowned FIA World Touring Car Champion Yvan Muller dominated the opening WTCC race in Macau.
The RML Chevrolet driver started the race as heavy favorite after qualifying a whole second clear of the field, and made good on that pre-race form by storming to a 1.7s lead on the opening lap of the race.
From there, the Frenchman cruised to a trouble-free victory.
The battle for second was significantly tighter, with Tiago Monteiro (Castrol Honda) and Rob Huff (Münnich SEAT) staging a tough fight for the minor spots on the podium. Monteiro ultimately did enough to take second, although the final gap was just 0.3 w3donew.
Norbert Michelisz (Zengö Honda) was fourth, ahead of the bamboo-engineering Chevrolet pair of Alex MacDowall and James Nash.
Edoardo Mortara defied the odds in the City of Dreams Macau GT Cup to roar to a triumphant sixth victory on Macau’s 6.2km Guia street circuit. In a dramatic 12-lap race, the Italian thundered across the line in his Audi R8 LMS more than 1.5 seconds ahead of Briton Danny Watts in the McLaren MP4-12C. Third was Alexandre Imperatori who rounded out a strong weekend in his Porsche 911 GT3 R 4.0.