Marchy on-course for a successful Macau Grand Prix
Hong Kong racer Marchy Lee Yin-Kin is set for a busy but potentially successful weekend at the 50th Macau Grand Prix (November 15-16). He qualified sixth in the 2003 GT Tires Asian Formula Renault Challenge with Team Meritus, and fifth in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia category, putting him within reach of a double podium.
His results came from two consecutive qualifying sessions. After 30 minutes in the Formula Renault single seater, Marchy jumped out, took a quick drink of water and then got into the Porsche GT3 for another 30 minute session. Although this gave him the benefit for extra track time, this was negated by the tremendous strain of driving the narrow twisting street circuit in the heat.
He looked hot after his marathon qualifying, but his fitness training meant he did not suffer from fatigue. "I'm not too tired. It was interesting jumping from the single seater to the sports car," said Lee.
"There were some slower drivers in the Renault session that were holding me up, so I didn't really have a single clear lap. But my grid position is not too bad, and I hope to make up some ground in the race," he concluded.
Meritus' other drivers were also hampered by slower cars, which is understandable in a field of 32 cars. "I was stuck behind a really slow car for almost the whole session. It was really frustrating because it's hard to get a clear lap at Macau," said Jonathan Chan, also of Hong Kong. He starts from 15th on the grid on Saturday's race.
Harold Primat from France had some clutch problems to add to the traffic on track. "I've raced Macau many times before, but I couldn't use that to my advantage because there were too many slow cars in front of me," said Primat. He starts from 10th on Saturday.