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Macau GP: Thursday practice report

Weather: Sunny and clear Grosjean leads first practice before crashing out EuroSeries Formula Three champion Romain Grosjean proved his credentials as one of the pre-race favourites for the Polytec Macau Grand Prix by topping first practice...

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Grosjean leads first practice before crashing out

EuroSeries Formula Three champion Romain Grosjean proved his credentials as one of the pre-race favourites for the Polytec Macau Grand Prix by topping first practice on Thursday, but his session ended in disaster when he crashed out after being caught up in another's car accident.

The Frenchman steadily dialled himself into the challenging Guia circuit and moved to the top of timesheets with three minutes of practice remaining. But just moments later, he found himself unable to avoid an accident after Stephen Jelley crashed into the barriers at Police Bend and bounced back into his path.

The two cars ended up blocking the track, and Grosjean's ASM team will now have to work hard to repair the heavy damage to the left-hand side of his car before this afternoon's first qualifying session.

Raikkonen-Robertson Racing's Sebastien Buemi was second fastest, just ahead of British Formula Three champion Marko Asmer in the Hitech Racing car.

Asmer said: "That was good. The track was slippery at first and there was no point pushing as it was only practice. Qualifying is what matters."

Bruno Senna was another man feeling that there was plenty more to come from himself and his car as he ended the session ninth. "I still need to learn the car again and understand how it reacts around this track. But we should be better with every session."

The session was red flagged once halfway through when Frenchman Frank Mailleux spun into the barriers at R Bend, and his car was left stranded in a dangerous position.

Other drivers to hit problems included Lei Kit Meng, who spun at Lisboa but avoided hitting anything, Walter Grubmuller who returned to the pits early on with damaged right rear suspension and Sam Bird who swiped the barriers at Lisboa.

-credit: macau/prplus.com.hk

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