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Macau Grand Prix news 2007-10-11

Polytec Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix FIA Formula 3 Intercontinental Cup Sterling Silver Jubilee Line Up The 25th running of the Macau F3 Grand Prix is likely to be one of the most competitive in the event's history. All corners of the globe...

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The 25th running of the Macau F3 Grand Prix is likely to be one of the most competitive in the event's history.

All corners of the globe will be represented at the very front of the pack with racers from South America, Europe and Japan all having a strong claim to head to the event as the favourite.

GP2 star Bruno Senna has accepted an invitation to take on the challenge of Macau again. The 25-year-old was born during the same month that his world famous uncle, Ayrton Senna, was dominating on the track that winds its way through the streets of the city. Bruno Senna, who will drive for Raikkonen- Robertson Racing with Galaxy, has now established himself as an international star but can't resist the temptation to sample the Macau magic once more.

But his reputation will be put to a stern test. F3 Euro Series leader Romain Grosjean, from France, will return for a third crack at conquering the race but will face stiff competition from his season-long rivals, Swiss ace Sebastien Buemi and German Nico Hulkenberg.

Grosjean will line up in an ASM Dallara, while Buemi, who has pushed him hard for the European crown, will switch to Raikkonen Robertson Racing. Both were top-five finishers in 2006 and will want to build on that experience this time around.

The third of the European dominators is Hulkenberg, who has a growing reputation in his first season of Formula Three. He took a little while to grow accustomed to the technical F3 machines after having carved a reputation in A1 GP, but has been fighting for wins over the second half of the F3 Euro Series season. Hulkenberg, who already has the Zandvoort Masters of F3 title under his belt, will partner Grosjean for ASM, and its third car for Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi can't be discounted either.

British Formula Three title winner Marko Asmer has a score to settle with the streets of Macau. The Estonian, who will line up with British team Hitech Racing, has never translated his dominant national form into success around the demanding circuit. Last year he was on the front row of the grid in Macau, and a potential winner until his path was blocked. Capping his year with the most prestigious F3 crown of all would be the perfect end for a driver in his fourth and last season in the category.

Two other returnees will be aiming to capitalise on their track knowledge.

Dutch ace Yelmer Buurman is one of the most spectacular drivers in F3 and he will line up with Manor Motorsport, while young English driver James Jakes has been a podium contender this year in the F3 Euro Series.

Briton Oliver Jarvis, also a race winner in the A1 GP series, will be looking to build on a second successful F3 season, having been a front- runner in the UK last year. This season he has raced in Japan and is challenging for the championship crown in his Toyota-powered Dallara.

Of the rookies, regular contenders from the British series are top of the list of those who are capable of springing a surprise.

Carlin Motorsport drivers Sam Bird and Niall Breen have both won races in their first seasons in the category, while Swede Sebastian Hohenthal is another to have shown his credentials.

When the drivers line up on the Macau GP grid on November 17 and 18, there will be reputations to be made. Given the level of competition and talent in this season's line up, the man who emerges on top will have staked his claim to be taken extremely seriously on the world motor sport stage.

-credit: mgpc

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Series F3
Drivers Ayrton Senna , Marko Asmer , Oliver Jarvis , James Jakes , Bruno Senna , Kamui Kobayashi , Yelmer Buurman , Sam Bird , Sébastien Buemi , Nico Hulkenberg , Romain Grosjean , Niall Breen , Sebastian Hohenthal
Teams Manor Racing , Carlin