Dutch Raider finshes 7th in Asian Streetfight
Renger van der Zande finished 7th in one of toughest street races in the world, the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix.
After a year of hit and run raiding in Britain and Europe and winning at least one race in every championship in which he has competed - Renger was making his debut for City of Dreams/ Raikkonen Robertson.
In typical Macau style, the unforgiving streets claimed nine cars in two incidents on the first lap. The Dutch driver avoided the chaos around him and when the race was eventually re-started behind the safety car, he was lying in 8th.
Notoriously tricky to overtake, Renger couldn’t get past Iguchi and spent 15 following in the tyre tracks of the Japanese driver. On the last lap, a mistake from Roberton Mehri meant that he dropped out the top ten and those behind capitalised on his mistake, moving up a place.
After an exciting battle at the front of the pack and a trading of positions several times, the race was won by Eduardo Mortara.
"I have mixed feelings really as we came here to challenge at the top but after the week we have had with the car, I think 7th is the maximum we could achieve today and for that reason I am happy. The team did well as the difference in the car from the Thursday to today is huge," sai d the 23 year old.
"I love racing in Macau and I would have loved to have won for our local sponsor. It has been great to be here and I want to thank the City of Dreams who treated us like stars since we got off the boat."
The hectic week of events in Macau has been written in a diary which can be found with photos on www.rengervanderzande.com. This race wraps up a long and interesting season for Renger who finished 3rd in the British F3 Championship and also won a round in the Euro F3 Series too.