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Eight Macao Champions for 10th Edition of GT Spectacular

Eight former winners of keynote races on the Guia Circuit will be on the grid for the 10th running of the Macau GT Cup on November 16-19, the FIA GT World Cup for the third consecutive year. 

 

Past winners of the Macau GT Cup, the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix and the Macau Guia Race are all represented on a stellar entry list incorporating 20 cars split between seven different manufacturers. The driver line-up has a combined total of 15 victories in the headline Macao races since 2005. 

 

Former Macau GT Cup victors Edoardo Mortara, Maro Engel, Darryl O'Young and Laurens Vanthoor all return to the 6.2km Guia street circuit this year at the wheel of GT3 machinery. They are joined by past Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix champions Lucas di Grassi (2005), Daniel Juncadella (2011) and Felix Rosenqvist (2014, 2015), like Mortara a double winner, as well as Augusto Farfus Jr, a two-time touring car victor in the Guia Race (2005, 2009). 

 

Italian Mortara will be making his first appearance at Macao with Mercedes after switching from Audi, the marque with which he claimed his trio of GT Cup successes from 2011 to 2013. He will race one of two Mercedes-AMG GT3s entered by Mercedes AMG Team Driving Academy. 

 

The second Mercedes AMG Team Driving Academy-run car will be driven by Spaniard Daniel Juncadella, victor in the F3 Grand Prix in 2011, and a race winner this season in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup. 

 

Mercedes will field four works cars at Macao after bringing Chinese entrant GruppeM Racing into the factory fold. The winner of the GT2 class in the 2005 FIA GT Championship, which was re-formed for a Blancpain GT Series Asia assault in 2017, fields two cars under the Mercedes-Benz Team GruppeM Racing banner. 

 

Germany's Engel, winner of the Macau GT Cup in 2014 and then the inaugural FIA World GT Cup in 2015, will race one, while Italian Raffaele Marciello, one of the stars of this year's Spa 24 Hours BGTS endurance for Mercedes, makes his Macao debut in the other. 

 

Hong Kong driver O'Young, who won the inaugural Macau GT Cup in 2008, will race a Porsche 911 GT3-Rs for Craft Bamboo Racing alongside a second entry from the team for 2016 GT Cup winner Vanthoor, who left Audi to join Porsche for this season.

 

Romain Dumas, a two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner and FIA World Endurance Champion in 2016, will race a Porsche fielded by HubAuto Racing. The Chinese team will enter a second car for Hiroki Yoshimoto, a regular in the Super GT Series in Japan.

 

Rosenqvist, who has two victories and two second places in the F3 Macau Grand Prix over the past five seasons, returns for an eighth consecutive appearance on the Guia Circuit. The Swede will make his Macau GT Cup debut in a Ferrari 488 GT3 fielded by the US Scuderia Corsa team, a class winner in the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours and double GT Daytona class champion with Ferrari in the IMSA SportsCar Championship in North America. 

 

Farfus Jr, winner of the Guia Race in 2005 and 2009, and a regular with BMW in DTM touring cars, will make his second GT Cup appearance aboard one of the German manufacturer's M6 GT3s with Macao returnee in Schnitzer Motorsport. The famed German touring car team has no fewer than 13 Guia Race victories to its name and is making its first appearance at Macau since 2009.

 

BMW DTM driver Tom Blomqvist, son of rally legend Stig, races an M6 for the Rowe Racing team, winner of the Spa 24-hour GT3 enduro in 2016. A further pair of BMW M6s are entered by FIST Team AAI for DTM driver Marco Wittmann and Australia Supercars Championship frontrunner Chaz Mostert.

 

Audi's bid for defending the title will be led by Audi Sport Team WRT. The Belgian factory team's pair of Audi R8 LMS GT3 cars will be driven by Macao debutant Robin Frijns, winner of the BGTS Sprint Cup this year, and Audi DTM driver Nico Müller. 

 

Three more Audi R8s are on the entry. ADAC GT Masters regular Markus Pommer will race one for Aust Motorsport.Fabian Plentz will again race at Macau for HCB-Rutronik-Racing and is joined by former Formula 1 driver and current Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi.

 

Honda will give its new NSX GT3 a world debut at Macao with a factory-run car entered under the Honda Motor banner. Renger van der Zande, runner-up in the World Cup in 2014, will race the car run by the Italian JAS Motorsport squad.

 

Lamborghini returns to the Macau with FFF Racing Team with ACM. It has entered a solo Lamborghini Huracán GT3 for factory driver Mirko Bortolotti, winner of this year's overall BGTS and Endurance Cup titles. 

 

2016 SJM Macau GT Cup – FIA GT World Cup

 

1.

Laurens Vanthoor

BEL

Audi Sport Team WRT

Audi R8 LMS

2.

Kévin Estre

FRA

Manthey Racing

Porsche 911 GT3R (991)

3.

Maro Engel

DEU

Mercedes-AMG Driving Academy

Mercedes AMG GT3

Fastest Lap: Kévin Estre / Manthey Racing / Lap 2 / 2:28.9950 / 147.87 km/h

 

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Macau Grand Prix Organizing Committee

24/10/2017

2017-10-24