Macau | Edoardo Mortara wins in tumultuous FIA GT Cup qualification - Grand Prix

Edoardo Mortara won a FIA GT Cup qualifying that finished with only eight drivers after a dramatic multiple vehicle crash in the first lap

Macau (MNA) – “I was lucky to win, I missed the start for whatever reason. Then I was basically second behind Maro Engel and was hoping to finish second,” Mortara said after the race.

A pile up accident in the first lap at the Police Bend suspended the race and took out 12 drivers from the race, including second place starter Daniel Juncadella who hit the track barriers with his Mercedes-AMG.

Mortara managed a conformable lead after the restart, with most of the race’s emotion left for the fight for second place between Brazilian drivers Augusto Farfus from BMW and  Rafaele Marciello from Mercedes.

In the end Farfus grabbed the second position after having started in sixth, with Marciello jumping one position to third.

Despite going in first in the race restart, Maro Engel’s Mercedes suffered mechanical problems that led him to be overtaken by the remaining seven cars.

“After the restart I was lucky to be able to do the race in first, where I can dictate my pace. I know the track very well and was trying not to do any mistakes, it was raining and there was a lot of rain on the track, but I was happy there were no mistakes in the end,” Mortara stated.

The final of the FIA GT will take place on Sunday 12.10pm.