Ye Hongli turns pole into win in Macau GT Cup

Chinese sensation Leo Ye Hongli (Mercedes-AMG GT3) held from pole to win the 12-lap Macau GT Cup race at Macau’s Circuito da Guia. 

Ye Hongli started from pole position after Qualification Race winner Darryl O’Young (Mercedes-AMG GT3) was hit with a post-race penalty. The Hong Kong driver took a comfortable win in yesterday’s 8-lap race, however, he has been hit with a time penalty equal to a drive-through, with 30 seconds added to his race time. 

That penalty has dropped him down to 11th on the grid for today’s Macau GT Cup, while Ye started from pole alongside David Chen Weian (Audi R8 LMS).

The former Chinese Touring Car Championship champion had a good start and held the first position to Lisboa. His strong pace was enough to keep Marchy Lee (Audi R8 LMS), and David Chen at a comfortable distance. 

The GT3 class race winner Ye admitted he was a bit nervous at the start, but after the red lights came off, he controlled the pace, pushing every time Marchy Lee was getting close. “I’d have had to do more laps in this track. Hope to come back next year”, he said in the press conference. 

The Hong Kong veteran was “more than happy” with the result, and reckoned that he tried to attack Leo’s first position, but he wasn’t fast enough in the second sector and as the temperature was going up it was “getting tough with the tires”.

On his second visit to Macau’s Guia Circuit, Audi Sport Asia driver David Chen was a very content that the race have ended prematurely as he was struggling with a tire puncture.

Starting from P11 in the grid today, a very disappointed O’Young did what he could have done to move up in the ranks. On a three-lap shortened race O’Young was already third in the classification when the red flags came out.

The Craft-Bamboo driver ended up in P4 overall as in this situation (session not resumed due to a red flag) the final classification is always determined by the results of the previous lap.

Macau driver Billy Lo Kai Fung (Audi R8 LMS) finished eighth on his Macau GT Cup debut as his Macau compatriot Alex Liu Lic Ka finished ninth in his first ever race at the wheel of a Mercedes-AMG GT3.

China GT Championship regular Chris Chia On (Mercedes-AMG GT4) finished the Macau GT Cup main race as the best GT4 driver after finishing 12th outright.