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Macau GP Friday practice summary

Conway tops practice as Asmer crashes out Mike Conway topped the times in final practice for the Polytec Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix, but all eyes were on provisional pole position man Marko Asmer who badly damaged his car in a...

Conway tops practice as Asmer crashes out

Mike Conway topped the times in final practice for the Polytec Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix, but all eyes were on provisional pole position man Marko Asmer who badly damaged his car in a crash at the end of the session.

Conway, the British Formula 3 champion, was consistently setting best times despite being held up by traffic early in the session. He eventually ended up 0.075 seconds ahead of his closest challenger Richard Antinucci, with Frenchman Romain Grosjean third quickest.

But the session had to be brought to a premature halt when Asmer ran wide at San Francisco Bend and heavily clouted the barriers on the exit. That incident is a major blow to the Estonian's preparations for this afternoon's qualifying session, with the Hitech driver having topped the times in first qualifying on Thursday.

Asmer was not the only driver who ended the session with a badly damaged car. Sebastien Buemi damaged the front left wheel and suspension of his car when he nosed into the barriers at Police Bend.

TOM'S driver Kazuya Oshima brought the red flags out for the first time, with 10 minutes of the session remaining, after running wide at R Bend and smashing into the barriers on the exit.

Behind fourth fastest James Jakes, Japanese F3 champion Adrian Sutil was back up to speed after his TOM'S team had spent the night repairing his car following his accident in first qualifying.

Kazuki Nakajima was sixth fastest, while seventh quickest Sebastian Vettel thankfully reported no repeat of the misfire problem that had dogged him all day on Thursday. "The engine is fine now, but we still have a lot of work to do," he said. "It is going to be a very difficult qualifying, but I am sure we can go quicker than we managed yesterday."

-credit: www.macau.grandprix.gov.mo

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Series F3
Drivers Richard Antinucci , Mike Conway , James Jakes , Sebastian Vettel , Kazuki Nakajima , Adrian Sutil , Sébastien Buemi , Romain Grosjean , Kazuya Oshima