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49th Macau Grand Prix - Fast Facts

Originally conceived in 1954 as an amateur event for local motoring enthusiasts, the Macau Grand Prix is today a race meeting to which the world's leading riders and drivers vie for entries. Each November, Macau wakes up with a jolt as more than 300 racing drivers and riders, as well as thousands of motor sports fans, descend on the territory for the world's only street circuit race meeting which features both car and motorcycle races.

One of the highlights of the weekend is the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix, which sees a field of 30 national championship drivers competing to take the chequered flag. For these young superstars of tomorrow, a win at Macau can guarantee the driver a place in a top Formula 3000 team or, in the case of exceptional talent, an immediate invitation to move in to the pinnacle of motor racing, Formula 1.

The late Ayrton Senna's win here in 1983, the first year Formula 3 ran at Macau, put the Grand Prix firmly on the world-wide motor racing calendar. F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher quickly established himself as the hottest property in F1 after his win in 1990, while David Coulthard's victory the following year brought him to the attention of the F1 fraternity. More recently, 1999 runner up Jenson Button jumped from the Macau podium straight to Formula 1, as did 2001 winner Takuma Sato.

That Macau's Guia Race for touring cars is unique there is no doubt. Very few races for this category take place on street circuits, and none other can boast an entry from so many different national series for a one-off festival of international touring car racing. This years event will run to Super Production regulations, and the 2002 race will see many of the world's front-running cars and drivers line up on the grid.

For two-wheel fans the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix, now in its 36th year, is always a memorable event. Like its F3 counterpart, the Motorcycle Grand Prix regularly features a host of road racing specialists such as Kevin Schwantz, Carl Fogarty, Didier de Radigues and Ron Haslam.

In spite of its growth as a motor sports event of international standing, Macau has not forgotten its roots and there is a full compliment of support races to cater for the strong interest in motor sport from local enthusiasts.

Length: 3.8 miles (6.2 km)
Minimum width: 22.8 feet (7 m)
Characteristics: A street circuit with an exhilarating combination of long, fast straights
and sharply twisting corners. It is recognised as one of the most
demanding circuits in the world.

Formula 3 Lap Record: 2:12.921 (Derek Hayes, 2001/Dallara F300 Mugen Honda)
Motorcycle Lap Record: 2:29.173 (John McGuinness, 2001/960cc Honda)
Guia Race Lap Record: 2:29.253 (Steve Soper, 1997/BMW 320i)

Number of races: 9 (2 motorcycle/7 car)
Number of competitors: 298 (Male: 296, Female: 2)
Number of spectators: 21,000 over the two days
Number of observation posts around the circuit: 26 & 5 auxiliary posts
Number of staff 641
Number of security: 60
Number of police: 312
Number of media: 1001 from 237 organisations (24 countries and regions)

October 3, 2002

Issued on behalf of the Macau Grand Prix Committee by PR Plus Limited.

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