Ilott Wins Qualification Race in Macao

Callum Ilott of SJM Theodore Racing by Prema pulled off a perfectly judged overtaking move on Motopark with VEB’s Joel Eriksson four laps from the end to win the Suncity Group Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix – FIA F3 World Cup Qualification Race on Saturday.


Eriksson had led from Ilott after the start, having made a clean getaway from pole position, with front row man, Carlin’s Lando Norris, getting away slowly and dropping back to ninth place on the run to Lisboa.


By the end of the first lap, Eriksson had opened up a one second lead over Ilott, and he maintained that advantage in the early stages of the race before his rear tyres started going and his pace dropped.


Ilott was soon hassling him hard and, on lap six, he attempted to draft past Eriksson on the run down to Lisboa, but could not quite get in front under braking.


However, a lap later, Ilott elected to make his move much earlier – and drafted past before the high speed Mandarin Bend swoop before defending the counter attack at Lisboa.


From there, Ilott’s advantage was obvious as he pulled well clear – taking the chequered flag 7.9 seconds clear of Eriksson.


“I didn’t expect to pull away so quickly,” said Ilott. “The first time I tried to overtake Joel after Mandarin, I didn’t really get the run I wanted. So I thought I would try to surprise him and get him before Mandarin. It was still close into Lisboa but I managed to hold it.”


Over the final laps, Eriksson found himself under pressure from Motopark with VEB teammate Sérgio Sette Câmara. But despite Câmara twice getting alongside Eriksson he could not get past, as the pair eventually came home in second and third.


Maximilian Gunther finished fourth, ahead of Ferdinand Habsburg and Pedro Piquet, who grabbed sixth spot from eventual seventh placed finisher Norris on the final lap.