Local drivers Charles Leong Hon Chio and Andy Chang hold their first and second starting positions in the Macau Grand Prix Formula 4 race today (Sunday).
It’s the first 1-2 for Macau drivers in Macau Grand Prix history, and the first all-Asian podium since 1971, when Jan Bussell from Singapore won ahead of Japanese drivers Riki Ohkubo and Kiyoshi Misaki.
“I just reached one of my childhood dreams, I’m a bit wordless I don’t know how to describe what I’m feeling right now, I feel like I’m dreaming,” Leong noted after the race.
The Smartlife Racing Team driver kept his first position for the 12-lap race, in an almost uneventful affair for the average in this year’s Grand Prix, apart from a crash by Chinese driver Liu Yang on the first lap that briefly yellow flagged the race.
“I got a couple of cars blocking me through the mountain section, I was struggling quite a bit to get past them, and at the end, it was really, really close because I think I used my tires a bit too quickly at the start of the race. It was tough,” Leong stated.
Fellow Macau driver Andy Chang also defended his initial second place and gave Leong a run for his money, managing the fastest lap of the race, with Chinese driver Li Si Cheng (LEO Team) claiming the third podium position.
“In the beginning, I was trying to close the gap but could not catch him. At the last lap, there was a slow car in the front so I thought I had a chance. I couldn’t do it but I’m very happy to still finish second,” Chang added.
In the first-ever Formula 4 race held in the streets of Macau, Hong Kong’s Lo Kwan Kit, Hong Shi Jie and Shang Zong Yi maintained a lively battle for the fourth position after Liu’s crash, with the Hong Kong driver for Pointer Racing managing jumping from 9th to fourth.