Charles Leong keeps pole position in last F4 Macau Grand Prix qualification race

In a race with accidents aplenty, local driver Charles Leong Hon Chio defended his initial pole position to finish first in the last F4 Macau Grand Prix qualification race, the first time the Macau driver has won a Macau Grand Prix main race’s Qualification Race.

With this win, Leong has become the first Macau driver to win a single-seater race at Macau since Cheong Lou Meng’s victory in the 2004 Formula Renault support race.

Local driver Andy Chang Wing Chung quickly overtook his Chinese rival Li Si Cheng in the first laps to complete a perfect result for the only two Macau drivers in the race

Starting from the second lap multiple accidents repeatedly interrupted the flow of the race, with only two laps without the safety car coming out.

Still, there was time for some excitement in the last lap as Andy Chang made a last dash after Mandarin to overtake Charles Leong, who managed to fend off this last-minute hail mary.

FIA Formula 4 Chinese Championship top contenders He Zi Jian and Hong Shi Jie finished 11th and 6th, respectively.

This year’s F4 competition – which replaced the FIA F3 race this year – includes 17 single-seater drivers, most of who have been contesting a F4 Chinese Championship limited to two rounds of four races each at the nearby Zhuhai International Circuit, of which Leong won three, with Chang getting one victory.

However, both local drivers do not score points to the FIA Chinese Formula 4 Championship.