Macao Hosting Two FIA World Cups for First Time in November Grand Prix

Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam witnesses the signing ceremony of the title sponsor agreement of the 63rd Macau Grand Prix (Photo provided by Government Information Bureau)
The Macau Grand Prix roars into life this month (Photo provided by Government Information Bureau)

The Suncity Group 63rd Macau Grand Prix - held from 17th to 20th November - presents seven spectacular races: Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix, Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix, Macau Guia Race 2.0T, FIA GT World Cup and three support Races.

The prestigious Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix has received recognition from the FIA which has elevated the race to the FIA F3 World Cup, the second FIA World Cup event Macao will host following the debut of the FIA GT World Cup last year. Topping the entry list for the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix – FIA F3 World Cup is two-time Macao champion Felix Rosenqvist, returning to the Guia Circuit to defend his title in an attempt to win the Grand Prix for a record-breaking third time. Also amongst the stellar entry are top talent from the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and Japanese Formula 3 Championship.

The field for the Golden Jubilee edition of one of the world's most respected road races - the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix - includes riders from eight nations, among whom no fewer than five former winners, one for each of the five decades of its history, will compete: Peter Hickman, winner in 2015; all-time record holder Michael Rutter, who has taken eight Guia Circuit victories; four-time winner Stuart Easton; TT legend John McGuinness; and the inspirational Ian Hutchinson, who arrives in Macao following an extraordinary season of victories.

Marking its 45th edition this year, Macao's international touring car invitational features an exciting array of drivers from as far afield as Europe and as close to home as China. Entries include the world's leading drivers competing in 2.0T specifications, amongst them last year's winner of Race 2, Stefano Comini of Switzerland; Russian Mikhail Grachev, third in 2015; and leading 'tin top' expert James Nash. Joining them are five entries from the China Touring Car Championship plus selected front-running drivers from Asia, including Hong Kong and Macao.

Two-time and defending Macau GT Cup champion Maro Engel heads an all-star cast for the ninth running of what has become the highlight of the international GT3 calendar. He is joined on the Mercedes-AMG Driving Academy team by Renger van der Zande. Multiple Macao champion Edoardo Mortara is joined on the Audi Sport Team WRT by Laurens Vanthoor, while Porsche enters former Le Mans winner Earl Bamber and Frenchman Kévin Estre. Furthermore, there are three support races for the Touring Car Cup, Road Sport Challenge and Chinese Racing Cup.

City-wide Events During Macau Grand Prix

A series of events will be held to encourage widespread participation in the celebrations, including a promotional show in Tap Seac Square, where superb racing machinery from the Macau GT Cup and Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix will be on display. Entry is free, giving residents and visitors alike the chance to get an up-close and personal look at some of the cars and motorcycles which will be out on the Guia Circuit.

A series of events will be held during Grand Prix week to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the iconic Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix, and former winners Mick Grant (1977 and 1984), Steve Plater (2006 and 2007) and Phillip McCallen (1996) will return to Macao as part of the celebrations. An exhibition of classic motorcycles will join the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix and Macau GT Cup show on 12th and 13th November, as well as participating in a parade around the Guia Circuit on Saturday, 19th November. In addition, Macao Post will issue a set of commemorative stamps in honour of the 50th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix on 18th November. The set of five stamps features some of the most iconic winners in the history of the event.

A range of commemorative souvenirs has also been produced, including T-shirts, gloves, key chains and leather jackets. The merchandise will be on sale at various points around the circuit during the event to promote the Grand Prix. Other activities include a 'Suncity Group 63rd Macau Grand Prix' photo competition for local photography enthusiasts, and a poster design competition.

For the added convenience of spectators and residents, seven additional moveable barrier gates – which are opened as soon as racing activities are concluded each day – will be added, making a total of 140 gates. A new temporary pedestrian overpass will be constructed at Lisboa Bend to ease entry to the area.

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