Macau GP pre-race notes

QUALITY AND VARIETY ORDER OF THE DAY In addition to its glittering trio of top-notch international headline events, the Macau Grand Prix remains true to its tradition of staging four- days of varied and diverse motorsport ...

QUALITY AND VARIETY ORDER OF THE DAY

In addition to its glittering trio of top-notch international headline events, the Macau Grand Prix remains true to its tradition of staging four- days of varied and diverse motorsport events in a programme which truly does including something for everyone. For the 52nd Macau Grand Prix, the schedule lists a total of nine races, including six supporting events.

However, with approximately 1,390 minutes - or 23 hours - of on-track racing action on the four-day programme, it is vital that the schedule runs smoothly. And, in line with its commitment to constantly seeking ways to improve the event, the Macau Grand Prix Committee will this year introduce new measures for all the car races to ensure just that.

The changes, which follow the latest Formula 1 regulations on which all the Sporting Regulations for the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix are based, relate to the procedure in the event of a race stoppage and will result in considerable time saving, benefiting the teams, television broadcasters and spectators with uninterrupted on-track action.

Should the Clerk of the Course decide the race must be stopped, the red flag will be shown at all points around the circuit indicating to the drivers they must stop racing immediately. Previously, drivers would then proceed to the pits slowly, wait while the track was cleared and for the start procedure to begin again.

The new regulations begin when the red flags are shown. Instead of returning to the pits, drivers will slowly proceed - in the same order as when the red flag was shown - until indicated to stop by race officials at the nearest practicable point. This point is known as the "red flag line". The cars line up in single file behind the line, and team personnel may then work on the cars and race officials will give ten minutes' notice of the restart. The race will restart from the "red flag line" behind the Safety Car, which will lead the field for one lap before pulling off allowing racing to resume.

For the 52nd Macau Grand Prix, race-goers can therefore look forward to four days of high-octane thrills and spills of the highest calibre:

MACAO 2007 - 2ND ASIAN INDOOR GAMES CUP

The ever-popular all-Hong Kong race for Group N 2000cc cars will this year have a brand new title sponsor and be known as the Macao 2007, 2nd Asian Indoor Games Cup. The exciting new games, the second edition of which Macau will host, were created by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) for its 45 member National Olympic Committees. The games include a wide variety of disciplines including extreme sports, aerobics, acrobatics and short-course swimming.

HOTEL FORTUNA TROPHY

First run in 1958 as the ACP Trophy, this event has varied over the years from eight to 30 laps. Up to 40 national licence holders from Macau compete in Group N 2000cc cars, and the 10-lap event is once again sponsored by Macau's Fortuna Hotel.

CTM CUP

Specifically organised for homologated Super Production saloon cars, and open to drivers with international licenses issued by their respective motor sports governing associations, the race was first run in 1991, and each year attracts a field of up to 40 drivers from across the region.

2005 ASIAN FORMULA RENAULT CHALLENGE

Formula Renault is the world's most popular class for junior single seater drivers making the transition from karting to single seater car racing. There are Formula Renault championships in Brazil, Italy, Holland, Denmark, North America and Asia. The Asian series includes some of the most skilled youngsters in the region, all driving identical Formula Renault machines.

The Formula Renault car has a carbonfibre chassis and is powered by a two- litre, 16-valve engine producing 182bhp.

PORSCHE INFINEON CARRERA CUP ASIA

The Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia made its debut in the region at the start of 2003, and immediately earned a loyal and enthusiastic audience with its superb on-track action and nail-biting competition.

Since its inception, the grand finale of the season has been played out on Macau's Guia Circuit, as the field of ace sportscar drivers do battle for the title. So popular has the series become in just three short seasons that this year it has not only attracted some of Asia's finest racing drivers, but also the reigning British GT Champion, while several other European formula and touring car drivers have lined up on the grid in one- off appearances.

The Porsche Carrera Cup is widely regarded as the pinnacle of one-make GT racing internationally, and the Asian series provides an opportunity for motorsport fans to see Sports Car racing at its very best. The drivers compete in identical, ready-to-race Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars prepared by Porsche, making the series a true test of driver skill.

3RD MACAU GRAND PRIX COMMITTEE SCOOTERS CUP RACE

Introduced in 2003, the Cup is held specifically to enable Macau residents, who have given such tremendous support to the Grand Prix for over half a Century, an opportunity to join the on-track action. The race is divided into three groups; 125cc, four stroke engines, and 70cc and 50cc classes. There are prizes awarded for first, second and third place overall, with a trophy for the three winners of each class. The race allows a maximum of 60 scooters to take the start and is an exciting addition to the race programme.

Tickets for the Macau Grand Prix are on sale now, and may be purchased from the Macau Grand Prix Committee at email: macaugp@cgpm.gov.mo Price details can be found on the official website at www.macau.grandprix.gov.mo, and tickets range from US$19 to US$88 for race day seats. Two-day race ticket packages are available, as are concessions for students.

-MGP-

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