MORTARA WINS MACAU QUALIFYING RACE MACAU (CHN) 20 NOVEMBER 2010: Edoardo Mortara has won the qualifying race for tomorrow's 57th Macau Grand Prix from pole position in dominant style. He is now in the best possible position to compete for ...
MORTARA WINS MACAU QUALIFYING RACE
MACAU (CHN) 20 NOVEMBER 2010: Edoardo Mortara has won the qualifying race for tomorrow's 57th Macau Grand Prix from pole position in dominant style. He is now in the best possible position to compete for victory tomorrow and if successful the Italian will become the first driver in Formula 3 history to win Macau twice.
Edo didn't make the best of getaways and had to defend the inside line from P2 man Valtteri Bottas as they sped away from the grid. Signature team-mate and Macau rookie Daniel Abt got the best start, tucked behind Edo, and managed to get a nose ahead as the pair swept through the flat-out Mandarin, but in the heavy braking zone of Lisboa Mortara stole the line back and powered up the hill into the mountains in first place, where he remained for the whole race.
In Sector 2 he pulled a 2.2 second gap over Abt and after two laps led by 3.4 seconds. Signature's Laurens Vanthoor passed Abt and he and Mortara both pulled away from the rest of the field. Edo was able to manage the pace, and took the chequered flag after ten laps with a comfortable 2.5 second cushion to the Belgian.
Race position: 1 / Grid position: 1 / Sunny, 23o. ambient and 35o. track temperature
EDOARDO MORTARA: "It's quite a moment when you're flying down to the first corner side-by-side. I had to take a lot of kerb so as not to put Daniel in the wall. But thereafter this was a fairly straight forward race for me and, having built up a decent gap, I was able to put it on cruise control. I felt comfortable, the team were keeping me informed of the gap, and I slowed down a little bit towards the end just to make sure I brought the car home in one piece.
"I'm very happy with this result and would like to thank my Signature team and Volkswagen for a great car. Nevertheless, this is just the qualifying race and I've come here with the goal of winning on Sunday. Today was good - it was important to finish in the top five - and now we're going to prepare the car for tomorrow. I think we can still find an extra tenth somewhere."
-source: Edoardo Mortara