Samson Chan was the fastest series registered GT3 Asia driver in the Macau GT Cup race held today. The Team Craft Racing Hong Kong driver kept up the pace to finish the race in fourth, ahead of Tunku Hammam and Mok Weng Sun.
“Macau is always interesting. I have raced here for the past 15 years in various cars and I am happy. Macau is always a very important race for me and the team has done a fantastic job. The car was perfect for the race so I am very happy” said Chan after the race.
“Unfortunately I got a bit stuck behind Samson in the Ginetta. Obviously I was much faster on the straight but he defended well and I am quite happy with the race. I had fun and I came back in one piece, that’s the most important thing” concluded Hammam.
Meanwhile GT4 Asia Cup series driver, Matthew Perry led the rest of the GT4 pack across the line, completing the race ahead of Concord Dynaten Motorsports’ Mark Williamson and Track Torque Racing teammate Nigel Farmer.
“Its amazing but a bit frustrating with not enough track time. There is a bit more accidents this year and by the good guys too, which makes it a bit of a change. It was an amazing fight with a couple of cars out there and they were killing me. I was doing a lot of late braking at Lisboa” said Perry with a laugh.
“It was the hardest race for the team and they did a great job”. When asked if he enjoyed his time racing in Macau, Perry replied, “Everyone needs to do Macau GP once at least, it’s a real buzz”.
It was a clean race from start to finish where Keita Sawa held his pole position start all the way to the chequered flag. The race started behind the safety car but as soon as the Safety Car went in, Sawa immediately opened up a gap to the fast charging Marchy Lee in the Audi R8.
For Sawa, the race was an important one to win after his first win last year. “I had a lot of pressure to win this year after the win that I had last year. Right before the race I managed to calm down and give my full 100% concentration and managed to have a perfect race.
“This win is definitely for the team, SPS Racing Hong Kong and also for my Japanese sponsors, they have all been great” said a relieved looking Sawa after the race.
It was the first time racing in Macau for the Hong Kong driver in the Audi R8 LMS GT3 and although he was slightly disappointed he was satisfied with the results. “Its our first time here and I think we did a good job, and we beat the other Audi of Danny Watts” concluded Lee with a slight smile.