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Macau Grand Prix- F3

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted November 23, 2009 at 10:20 am F3 Euro Series, open wheel racing news

Edoardo Mortara did everything he needed to do this weekend in Macau.  The 22-year-old Italian had one option heading into this weekend;  WIN.  He did just that after the-always-impressive Jean-Karl Vernay made a rare mistake—missing a shift—- heading out of the Melco Hairpin.  The error allowed his Signature teammate, Mortara, to slip by and take the win.

This was a big win for Mortara.  The Italian made the move to GP2 competition this season where he started off winning in only his second career GP2-Main Series  start (Cataluyna).  Following his first GP2 win, he had a relatively uneventful year in GP2 competition.  Last season, he finished 2nd in the 2008 F3 Euro Series and 2nd in the 2008 F3 Macau Grand Prix.  Determined to keep his goal of having an open-wheel racing career alive, he set-out to win the Macau Grand Prix in 2009.  He did just that by crossing the stripe 1.146 seconds ahead of Jean-Karl Vernay.  Sam Bird, driving for ART, had a solid run to finish 3rd claiming the final podium spot.

It was a big weekend for Volkswagen power as well, VW claimed the top-two spots in the world’s most prestigious F3 race.  Yesterday’s win marked the first time Volkswagen has won the Macau Grand Prix since their return to F3 competition.  They last won in Macau with Michael Schumacher behind the wheel of a West WTS Racing-Volkswagen powered F3 car in 1990.  Overall this was a pretty solid year for Volkswagen as they also swept the F3 Euro Series round at Brands Hatch in September.

Speaking of the F3 Euro Series, this year’s Macau Grand Prix podium was filled with F3ES competitors.  (see above)

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