66th Macau Grand Prix Special | Co-ordinated by Sérgio Fonseca
The new era goes from strength to strength. Since its first run back in 1972, the Guia Race has taken on a number of different forms, and this year it returns as one of the most popular touring car forms of today as the penultimate round of the WTCR-FIA World Touring Car Cup.
With a rulebook designed to promote corner-by-corner overtaking, a packed grid featuring four world champions and a host of national and international touring car title-winners, an abundance of young stars, ex-Formula One drivers, local heroes, and seven customer racing brands (Alfa Romeo, Audi, Honda, Hyundai, Lynk&Co, SEAT, and VW), the stage is set for three thrilling races.
Five to watch
1. Rob Huff (VW): He knows the Guia Circuit like no other driver. The Sébastien Loeb Racing’s Volkswagen Golf star driver and Macau Grand Prix winning record-holder is coming for victory number ten. Watch out.
2. Esteban Guerrieri (Honda): The Argentinean has been the Honda number one driver over the WTCR season. He took his maiden win in Circuit Guia in last year’s Race 3, and he is in the title hunt.
3. Norbert Michelisz (Hyundai): The former gamer joined Hyundai’s ranks last year to partner up with the 2018 Champion Gabriele Tarquini. He won on the Guia Circuit back in 2010, and he has been gradually positioning as the leading driver of the Korean manufacturer.
4. Yvan Muller (Lynk&Co): The Frenchman doesn’t age. He is still fresh and fast. The 2018 WTCR Vice-Champion is the most successful driver in FIA World Touring Car Championship history, and he always has a word to say here in Macau.
5. Tiago Monteiro (Honda): The Portuguese returns to Macau after his frightening accident during a private testing at the end of 2017. The former Guia Race winner is having a tough season, but he has already won this year, in the streets of Vila Real.