GUIA THURSDAY UNTIMED PRACTICE Weather: Sunny AUDI LEAD THE WAY IN PRACTICE The Audi duo of German Michael Bartels and Max Angelelli led the way in opening practice for the Macau Guia race. Bartels dominated the incident-filled session to ...
GUIA THURSDAY UNTIMED PRACTICE Weather: Sunny
AUDI LEAD THE WAY IN PRACTICE
The Audi duo of German Michael Bartels and Max Angelelli led the way in opening practice for the Macau Guia race. Bartels dominated the incident-filled session to outpace his team-mate by more than one second, but he was taking nothing for granted.
"It's a good start but there is a long way to go," he said. "There were no problems with my car but there was a lot of traffic out there on the track and it was quite slippery and dusty. Sure, there is a big gap to Max but it is much harder for him to learn the car than for me to relearn the Macau circuit.
"One thing that did surprise me was the number of drivers who could not get around the Melco hairpin. I couldn't believe the number of times I had to stop there because someone else was stationary."
Angelelli was a little disappointed to be so far adrift of Bartels and he admitted that he was still not driving the Audi to its limits. "It's fine but I do need a bit more time in the car," said the Macau veteran. "The biggest problem for me is my lack of experience with this car and there is still plenty of room for improvement. I am not driving fast enough yet."
Hong Kong's Charles Kwan was the Audi duo's closest challenger as he ended the practice session third overall. The BMW driver reported no problems with his car but admitted that he found it difficult to get a clear lap.
"There was so much traffic out there," he explained. "And even when I found some track space there were cars going off the road or spinning at every corner. But I am happy to be third fastest and I am looking to improve even more."
Japanese driver Masanori Sekiya was one of many drivers to end his session in the barriers. The Toyota driver spun his car at the final corner and hit the tyre wall, badly damaging the front of his car.
Chan Chi Wah spun his BMW as he avoided the Vauxhall of Mike Newton, who had damaged his front tyre. Fredrich Wegerer slightly damaged the front of his Audi after contact with the barriers.