Drivers and Riders Limber Up Macau-Style
November 17, 2010, Fisherman's Wharf, Macau - Racing driver James Calado (Carlin) shimmies his way through Panda Limbo as part of the Macau Grand Prix Challenge, Wednesday's media event ahead of the Star River - Windsor Arch 57th Macau Grand Prix. The winning Formula 3 team, captained by reigning Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix Champion Edoardo Mortara (Signature), beat teams from the FIA World Touring Car Championship, the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix and Macau Fisherman's Wharf.
The three-part challenge paid tribute to Macau's unique heritage and two of its most exciting new attractions. First the drivers and riders were asked to spot the difference in seemingly identical photographs of famous Macau UNESCO World Heritage sites. The F3 team came out on top early and extended their lead after with their accurate and artistic Chinese calligraphy skills. In the Panda Limbo showdown, the F3 team sealed the win with their acrobatic moves under the chequered-flag "bamboo" stick, held by two "pandas", representing Kai Kai and Xin Xin who will arrive in Macau at the end of the year.
Finishing behind the winning F3 group was the team representing the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix - 44th Edition, followed by Macau Fisherman's Wharf. The FIA WTCC team came fourth, although they earned extra marks for innovative calligraphy.
Following the competition, some of the F3 drivers met children from a local kindergarten school, and immediately won over some very young fans.
The annual meet-and-greet, which is followed by an autograph session for members of the public, is popular with both fans and media.