John Bryant-Meisner enjoyed a largely positive and incident-free debut in the prestigious Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix, although a heavy crash eventually forced the Swede to retire from Sunday’s finale.
After taking the chequered flag in 20th place in Saturday’s Qualification Race – used to determine the grid for the subsequent main event – the Fortec Motorsports youngster shot into 16th off the line as the finale got underway; but his progress was to be short-lived. Just seconds into the race, Bryant-Meisner was tagged into a slide by a rival at the ultra-fast Mandarin Oriental kink, hitting the wall at well over 230 km/h and retiring on the spot. Bryant-Meisner was unhurt.
“Macau is just an amazing place; I’d heard so much about it going into the weekend, but the experience of actually being here still surpassed all my expectations,” says John Bryant-Meisner. “The circuit is extremely challenging – it’s one of a kind – and I have learned so much this weekend.
I really wanted to get into the groove here and knew the importance of getting a lot of uninterrupted running, so I didn’t push to the absolute limit on the first two days. For the Qualification Race, however, I was confident of quite a step up in performance, but then I stalled at the start and rejoined last.
I managed to get back up to 20th and was a lot quicker than the guys in front of me, so I was really looking forward to the finale. Unfortunately, that didn’t last very long, and it was a pretty big hit. It was obviously a shame not to finish, but this weekend has still been a most valuable experience and I would love to come back here in the future. Big thanks to Fortec Motorsports for giving me this opportunity.”
The 2013 season has seen John Bryant-Meisner return to racing following recuperation from a career-threatening crash during testing in 2012. Eager to recover some of the momentum lost due to his accident, the Swede has featured extensively on the international Formula 3 arena this year, combining a full-time assault on the German-based ATS Formula 3 Cup with additional outings in British F3 and the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Bryant-Meisner has won a total of four races in 2013 and is currently weighing up options for his continued career in 2014.