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.
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.
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
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
Number of staff 641
Number of security: 60
Number of police: 312
Number of media: 1001 from 237 organisations (24 countries and regions)
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