Wait Over as Sawa Triumphs in Macau GT Cup

After four attempts to conquer the Guia Circuit, Japan's Keita Sawa finally claimed victory at the wheel of his LKM-backed Lamborghini Gallardo GT3, winning the second running of the Macau GT Cup today.

Sawa grabbed the lead from pole-sitter Darryl O'Young in a Porsche Cup S at the rolling start and never looked back, although his Hong Kong rival fought hard to the end. The intense battle saw the LKM-Team Jebsen driver cross the line just 0.285 seconds behind Sawa at the end of the 10-lap race.

Third was Briton Danny Watts in a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup, 23.077 behind the leader, while Malaysia's Tunku Hammam Sulong was fourth in a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S.

Sawa's powered past O'Young off the start to grab the lead, but the Safety Car was called out after Michael Lee's Chevrolet Corvette Z06 became the first car to go out.

When the Safety Car pulled off, racing resumed and two laps later, Watts managed to get by Sri Lankan Dilantha Malagamuwa to go third.

But all eyes were on the fight for the victory between Sawa and O'Young. The Japanese held off his hard-charging rival, who was right on the limit, knocking the walls on more than once occasion. Time and again his attempts to overtake where thwarted by Sawa, and yellow flags in the run to Lisboa bend on the final lap put pay to his hopes of notching up a four Guia Circuit victory.

Said a thrilled Sawa:  "It's fantastic!  Four years is too long to wait to
win in Macau.  I was not worried by the Safety Car, I just focussed on the
restart which, through experience, I know how to handle.  On the last lap,
the back markers had me worried though.  I didn't feel pressure from Darryl
behind me as he was the challenger.  He was under more pressure than me."

O'Young could have done no more, but had the consolation of setting the fastest lap: "The Lamborghini has more torque off the line, but the Porsche has a good top speed. I was right on the limit and scraped the walls. That car is just too wide!"

-credit: macau