AP: Final round Macau preview

Watts Back for Macau Grand Prix Season-closer Briton Danny Watts, winner of the 2006 Macau Carrera Cup Asia round, is set to return to the Guia Circuit next month to defend his crown in Asia's blue riband event. Racing for GR Asia, the...

Watts Back for Macau Grand Prix Season-closer

Briton Danny Watts, winner of the 2006 Macau Carrera Cup Asia round, is set to return to the Guia Circuit next month to defend his crown in Asia's blue riband event. Racing for GR Asia, the Briton joins the strong field of series regulars for the final round of the Porsche Carrera Cup 2007 season.

Watts, who has been is earning a growing reputation in sportscar racing this year with impressive results which included a fourth place in the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in early October, is determined to end the year on a high: "I have looked forward to Macau all year and I desperately want to repeat the success from last year. It's my favourite circuit and a great event."

Watts acknowledges that the opposition this year is going to be even more intense: "Keita Sawa (Cref Motorsports) and Darryl O'Young (Team Jebsen) were tough rivals last year, and Darryl will certainly also want to end the year on a high. Christian Jones (SCC Racing China) has really come on strong and of course never, ever discount Tim Sugden when he is behind the wheel of a Porsche."

But Watts acknowledges the biggest challenge is the circuit itself: "I've been driving it in my head ever since last year. It's just such a challenge and you just cannot relax. I love it!"

Watts is once again entered by GR Asia, and team principal Tim Huxley is delighted to have his man back in the East: "This is the sixth time we have had Danny out to race with us in Macau and he's part of the event. He will be great value on and off the track and I just know he will put in a great performance."

GR Asia is also pitching for glory in Class B. Macau regular Richard Meins, who finished sixth overall in the Guia race in the 2003 and has been a potent force in European Historic racing this year, is back after attending the race last year as a spectator and a guest of GR Asia: "I missed not competing too much and Tim twisted my arm into coming back," said Meins.

Meins hopes that his first race in a Porsche since the 2005 Macau event will prove that he can adjust to a modern car just as quickly, although he acknowledges that "Class B looks pretty competitive - it's certainly going to be the challenge that I relish."

-credit: porsche.com/carreracup

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Series Porsche
Drivers Keita Sawa , Tim Sugden , Darryl O'Young , Christian Jones , Danny Watts