WEALTH OF INTERNATIONAL TALENT IN F3 LINE-UP
Picking a winner
from the entry list for the 49th Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix, again
nominated as the official FIA International Cup for Formula 3, is
nature of the track and the quality of the entry will see the leading
drivers separated by fractions of a second, which means victory
will be hard-fought and the race will be a true barometer on the
talent of the future. With the enormous prestige attached to winning
the unique event, it is the race every competitor wants on his CV.
Derlot was unstoppable on the last occasion the Formula Three challengers
met on a street circuit. He dominated the Pau European Cup event
in his Arta-Signature-Elf Dallara F302-Renault but narrowly missed
out on the French crown. He was beaten to the title by ASM Dallara-Renault
man Tristan Gommendy, and the pair will be strong challengers. Olivier
Pla (ASM) adds to the French attack.
The German F3
championship will also provide a number of drivers capable of victory.
Japanese Kousuke Matsuura was runner up in the series and knows
how to win in the category, and former world karting champion Vitantonio
Luizzi has a spectacular style which should mark him out as someone
to watch around the confines of Macau.
Three champion Robbie Kerr knows just how important victory on the
streets of Macau would be to help him reach Formula One. He explains,
"The national championship is one thing, but everybody takes
notice of Macau. I am not testing any other type of car beforehand
deliberately because I do not want to jeopardise my preparations
for Macau. It will be that important."
The gritty ADR
Dallara-Mugen Honda driver will have tough competition from his
regular British Championship rivals. Australian James Courtney will
be hoping to redress the balance to Kerr and end his season with
the promise with which it started. His domestic title chances took
a dive when he was injured in a testing crash for the Jaguar F1
team in July. The Macau event will give him a chance to restore
A step forwards
from the Renault engines over the course of the 2002 season has
meant the Fortec Motorsport machines of Finn Heikki Kovalainen and
Brazilian Fabio Carbone have been a true threat. Carbone took his
only win of the season at Zandvoort back in August, but a late-season
run of form took Kovalainen to third place in the British Championship
French ace Bruce Jouanny was another to turn up the heat late-on
in the season. A smooth and stylish driver, his approach will be
well suited to the demands of the taxing course at Macau and he
can be expected to race right at the front of the field.
to look out for from the UK series include domestic race winner
Alan van der Merwe and hard-trier, Dane Ronnie Bremer. American
Richard Antinucci has shown that he is capable of running at the
front of the British field on occasions this season too.
will run a car for 2000 race-leader Narain Karthikeyan. The Indian,
a former winner in Korea, has raced in both the Dallara Nissan World
Series and Formula Nippon this year as he aims to move up the motor
sport ladder. However, the kudos attached to victory at Macau means
he will return to the category for one last attempt to tame the
streets. He will be desperate to make up for his last appearance
at the circuit when he ran off the road while in first position.
Montin is another with previous experience of the Macau circuit.
He finished on the fringes of the top 10 in his last appearance
here in 2001, and has been contesting the Japanese F3 series throughout
this season with success. He will handle a Tom's Dallara-Toyota.
Japanese Takahashi Kogure took the title down to the wire with Montin
and he will also take to the grid.
Three title winner, Yugoslavian Milos Pavlovic, spearheads the challenge
of Target Racing, and will be joined by his team-mate and fellow
Italian series racer Cristiano Citron in their Dallara-Opels.
Macau is well
represented in the entry with Jo Merzei, Lei Kit Meng, and Michael
Ho who finished 9th last year. From Hong Kong, Marchy Lee will make
his 3rd visit to the event.
In total, there
will be 17 different nations represented on the grid for the 49th
Macau Grand Prix which reflects the intercontinental appeal of the
event. It is a true contest to find the best in the world behind
the wheel of a Formula Three machine.
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