Macanese star driver Rodolfo Avila is all geared to take on the challenge in what is considered one of the most popular racing events of the year - the FIA Formula 3 Intercontinental Cup, at the 52nd Macau Grand Prix. Young drivers from all over the world are expected to battle it out in the highly-demanding streets of Macau, famous for its fast, narrow and twisting corners and its high rate of attrition.

The Macau GP being Avila's favourite event, he is fully aware of the enormity of the challenge and he maintains his objectives to be clear. "My primary aim is to finish the race; it is the one thing that has been dodging me in the past and yet in my favourite race. It's certainly not going to be easy but I will give it my best shot. At the same time, I want to be the best among the local drivers. It's a great opportunity to measure myself against the top of F3 drivers in the world. The Asian F3 series has provided me with invaluable experience which I'm hopeful to be able to put to good use", explains the young driver who stands as ambassador of the ARTM - Association of Macau drug abuser's rehabilitation.

The last good results of the season were quite important to gain access to the otherwise restricted group of drivers with Mercedes-Benz Motorsport-powered engines tuned by HWA and Avila will be using an evolution of the last years' winning engine. Driving a Dallara F305, Avila has full backing of F3 Euroseries Austrian team, HBR Motorsport. Although HBR Motorsport will be debuting at this year Macau GP, Avila's experience at Macau, coupled with close communication between driver and team. will play a crucial role.

"I have full confidence in HBR and they have proven to be quite a professionally-organized team with management and technical personnel who possess vast experience and in-depth knowledge. Car set-up is fundamental and I hope to help them with my track acknowledge. As a driver, I hope I'm able to deliver my part", say Avila.

In conclusion, Avila quipped, "Racing in front of my local fellowmen offers inspiration but not without the enormous pressure. I am keen on using this to my advantage and hopefully, my efforts in this 4th attempt at this elusive Macau GP will come down in history books quite well".

Avila maintains full support from his valuable sponsors with Chubb and Zung Fu Company Ltd, exclusive Mercedes-Benz retailer of Macau and Hong Kong, joining to Macau Government, Hotel Fortuna, Macau-Slot.com, 2nd Asian Indoor Games 2007, CESL-Asia, Sands Macau, Tong Lei, BNU, CTM, ProFabril Asia Consult, Gain Well Group, San Chong Hong, RP Macau and PT Asia supporting Avila in his 2nd F3 attempt in premier Macau GP.

-www.rodolfoavila.com