Macau driver Wong Wan Long (Mitsubishi EVO 10) clinched a dramatic Macau Touring Car Cup race win as his main rival Kelvin Leong’s car failed him again in the very last lap.
Macau’s Jerónimo Badaraco took the honours in the 1600cc Turbo class with a fourth-place overall finish.
The ever-popular Macau Touring Car Cup this year reunited 12 entries in the Above 1950cc, and 11 in the 1600cc Turbo class, with both categories once again on track at the same time and seven manufacturers represented: Chevrolet, Ford, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot and Subaru.
Macau driver Wong Wan Long – included the 1950cc & Above class – won yesterday in an action-packed eight-lap Qualification Race, allowing him to start today’s race from pole position.
Second on podium overall was Mou Chi Fei (Mitsubishi EVO 10), while Ip Un Hou (Mitsubishi EVO 9) was third.
Jerónimo Badaraco (Chevrolet Cruze) celebrated victory in the ‘1600cc Turbo’ class, ahead of Chan Weng Tong (Chevrolet Cruze) and Rui Valente (Mini Cooper S).
Starting from pole for the 12-lap race of today, Wong led the field at the start, closely followed by the pair of Son Veng Racing Team Chevrolet Cruzes of Badaraco and Chan Weng Tong and the Mitsubishi of Chan Chi Ha.
Starting from the back of the grid in P19, due to yesterday’s race technical problems, Kelvin Leong Ian Veng, second in class last year and fourth overall, in his Son Veng Racing Team Mitsubishi EVO9 was on moving up quickly in the classification. It took him five laps only to overtake Badaraco for second and six to take the first position from Wong.
When everyone in the grandstands was expecting another Leong’s win at Circuito da Guia, the quickest car on the track suddenly lost power and was forced to retire, allowing Wong to take his second overall victory in the streets of Macau.
Macau’s Chi Ha Chan and Hong Kong’s Chi Kong Tsang (Mitsubishi EVO 9) complete the overall and “1950 & Above” podium.
In the 1600cc Turbo class, Badaraco ran away to a pole-to-win race to cross the finish line four seconds ahead of local opponent Cheong Chi On (Ford Fiesta ST) with local Portuguese veteran Rui Valente (MINI Cooper S) claiming a much-deserved third place finish.