Marchy Lee Returns to the Macau Grand Prix Chinese racing sensation Marchy LEE Yin-Kin (HKG) returns to Macau for the 51st edition of the gruelling street race, but this time he will be in the headlining Formula 3 race, where the best F3 drivers...
Marchy Lee Returns to the Macau Grand Prix
Chinese racing sensation Marchy LEE Yin-Kin (HKG) returns to Macau for the 51st edition of the gruelling street race, but this time he will be in the headlining Formula 3 race, where the best F3 drivers in the world come together for a world final. The winner of the Macau GP almost always steps up into Formula 1 within 2 years, and past winners have included Ayrton Senna, Michael and Ralf Schumacher and David Coulthard.
After finishing first runner-up in last year's Asian Formula Renault Challenge in Macau, Lee had an extremely successful season in Formula BMW Asia, winning 12 of the 14 races, breaking the previous record of 10 wins. This prompted Lee to step up to the F3 event this year, where he will be racing with the Monarch Lubricants Red Bull Meritus team - the same team that helped him win the F-BMW Asia championship. Lee's car will be managed by British F3 outfit Promatecme, who have had great success in Macau including Jenson Button's runner-up finish in 1999.
"I am thrilled to be racing in the F3 event this year. Although I have not had any running in an F3 car this year, I am still confident because the Formula BMW Asia series was very competitive, and I also know the Macau circuit quite well because I have raced it many times before," said Lee.
Besides last year's F-Renault race, Lee also raced in the Porsche Carrera Cup event the same year, as well as the F3 event in 2000 and 2001. This experience will be very useful for Lee, as the Macau street circuit is very unforgiving, with the only run-off areas being the paint on the walls surrounding the track.
Lee has been very busy in the build up to the event, both in race preparation as well as sponsor commitments. Lee was chosen as an Oris Watch ambassador for their 100th year celebrations in Hong Kong, where he was presented with an Oris Williams F1 chronograph watch and took part in a conference call with another Oris racer, Ralf Schumacher. Later this week Lee will be heading to the UK for some testing, then back to Beijing for a press conference and TV advert shoot for his sponsor Monarch Lubricants. The advert will be shown on CCTV in China over the next few months.
"I have been quite busy, but that is because I have found good support for this event, so all this hard work will help me in the race in a few weeks time. We have been talking to some major teams for next year, and so a good result in Macau will give me a huge boost and hopefully secure a good drive," said Lee.
"We have a few interested parties in formulae between F3 and F1 for next year, so we are confident that we will find a good package to further Marchy's career. As Marchy moves into higher championships, the level of support required increases, so we hope that more companies will see the value of supporting probably the best Chinese driver around today," said Peter Thompson, Lee's manager and Founder & President of Meritus Racing.
As the 2004 season draws to a close, Meritus Racing has once again stamped its domination on Asian Formula racing, clinching its 15th and 16th titles (Driver and Team champion) since setting up in Asia in 1996. Meritus has already begun looking to next year, and is searching for the next Marchy Lee, Tung Ho-Pin and Takuma Sato. The team will be holding driver evaluation sessions at Sepang Circuit, Malaysia, starting at the end of October, which gives young hopefuls the chance to try the Formula BMW racing car and develop their race craft. The 2005 driver line-up will be selected during these sessions, and interested parties should visit www.MeritusRacing.com or write to Driver@MeritusRacing.com