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Old 26 Sep 2013, 13:51 (Ref:3309608)   #1
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2013 Macau GT Cup

Year 2013 will be the 60th Macau GP and Macau GT cup continue shows strong which benefit from GT3 is one of most popular formula in motorsport nowadays.It will be final championship round of GT Asia series but sounds like there should be something more interesting than it.

Two times Race winner Mortara will leading Audi Team R8 LMS Ultra(something like that) which is one of the biggest team of the field.He has strong contention on his hat trick win and 5 constructive win in Macau . GT Asia regulars Jeffery Lee,Philip Ma and Francis Hideki Onda complete the line up of the team.Jeffery Lee's partner Marchy Lee would driving another car which usally shared with Jeffery Lee.

For the huge success of Audi there are couple of challenger.Erebus Motorsports has announced they are going to compete final two rounds(zhuhai and Macau)with 2 cars assault.While one driver only for each car in Macau,Mika Hakkinen probably the choice as HK Teenager Matt solomon entering invitational round of FMCS Macau Race in 60th GP Celebration Extra week which is breaching Macau GP's driver entries rule.Lance Arnold will be the second car of Erebus team.

Challenger Number two should be Craft AMR Team,another active team in GT Asia.number of Aston Martin Vantage expanded to two and AMRT principal John Gaw are going to driving one of it alongside this year regular driver Stefan Mucke.Team leader Frank Yu will back to his old Ford GT which Samson Chan willdrive another Ford.

Last year biggest challenger AF Corse are going to continue their far east campaign but they are not going to hire driver from europe: Thai Pasin Lathouras will be the sole entries of the italian team.He won twice in his GT Asia debut in Sepang he should be the best result drivers among GT Asia entries ( Except Stefan) in Macau.

Former LeMans 24h winner Romain Dumas may try his GT cup Campaign in porsche GT3R for second time after a dull performance last year under Spark model sponsorship and running by Absolute racing alongside Alexandre Imperatori with another Porsche under Starcahse Banner (which also running Audi LMS cup team).LKM Racing joining the race in Porsche GT3R also with Porsche Carrera Cup Asia points leader Earl Bamber.

Draft of entry list:

Audi Team R8 LMS Ultra:
Edorado Mortara - Audi R8 LMS Ultra
Jeffery Lee - Audi R8 LMS Ultra
Philip Ma - Audi R8 LMS Ultra
Francis Hideki Onda - Audi R8 LMS Ultra
Marchy Lee - Audi R8 LMS Ultra (?)

Erebus Motorsports:
Mika Hakkinen(?)/Matt Solomon(?) - Mercedes Benz AMG SLS GT3
Lance Arnold - Mercedes Benz AMG SLS GT3

Craft (AMR) Racing:
Stefan Mucke - Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3
John Gaw - Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3
Frank Yu - Ford GT
Samson Chan - Ford GT

AF Corse:
Pasin Lathouras - Ferrari 458 GT3

Spark Motorsport:
Romain Dumas - Porsche 911 GT3R

Team Starchase:
Alexandre Imperatori - Porsche 911 GT3R

LKM Racing
Earl Bamber - Porsche 911GT3R
Siu Yuk Lung - Porsche 911 GT3R/

Asia Racing Team
Li Zhi Cong - Porsche GT3R

United Autosport
Danny Watts - Mclaren MP4-12C GT3(?)/Audi R8 LMS Ultra

Team Clearwater Racing
Mok Weng Sun - Mclaren MP4-12C GT3
Tunku Hamann or Charlz Ro - Lamborghini LP560 GT3

AAI Racing Team(?)
Akira Iida - Mclaren MP4-12C GT3 (?)

Dilango Racing
Dilanta Malagamuwa - Lamborghini LP560 GT3

Modena Motorsport
Wayne Shen - Porsche 911 GT3 cup
John Shen - Porsche 911 GT3 cup
Franis Tija - Porsche 911 GT3 cup

Five Auto Racing Team
Keith Vong - Porsche 911 GT3 cup

IMS connection
Shim Ching - Audi R8 LMS

Tiger Racing
Jacky Yeung -Audi R8 LMS(?)/Lamborghini LP520(?)

Arrows Racing
Billy Fung - Lamborghini LP560 GT3
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Old 26 Sep 2013, 16:32 (Ref:3309668)   #2
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Mortara, Dumas, Häkkinen, Mücke and Arnold! That's interesting!
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Old 26 Sep 2013, 17:29 (Ref:3309687)   #3
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It looks like a quality field. This year will mark my first time of actually watching it. It looks very intriguing...
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Old 26 Sep 2013, 21:13 (Ref:3309791)   #4
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No Keita Sawa this year?
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Old 26 Sep 2013, 21:58 (Ref:3309810)   #5
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Mortara, Dumas, Häkkinen, Mücke and Arnold! That's interesting!
Dumas wasn't really strong last year. Actually quite dissapointing.

Also some other great driver:
- Imperatori (2nd in last years Macau GT race)
- Bamber (Current leader in Carrera Cup Asia)
- Watts (3rd last year + more podiums in previous editions)

Also for some pro it might be their debut, this could result in lack of speed, look at Dumas last year.
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Old 27 Sep 2013, 11:24 (Ref:3309997)   #6
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No Keita Sawa this year?
oops that's my mistake not to adding him to there.
He should be doing his annual entrance this year and LKM Racing has sufficent car to do so ( 3 porsches from MY11-13 + LP560),but looks like he can't get a MY13 vehicle which given to Bamber
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Old 27 Sep 2013, 11:52 (Ref:3310012)   #7
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Macau GT Cup BOP

Well, i'm not sure if the AUDI R8 will be a real threat this year considering the actual FIA BOP (and this is the one to be used at 2013 Macau GT Cup according to the sporting regulations).

It just takes a look at FIA GT Series results to see that the excess of aero and the lack of power penalizes very much the 2013 AUDI R8 configuration... and Macau has some long straights and not that much of aero needs.

Pretty sure that AUDI Sport is already on field trying to use the 2012 configuration as FIA GT Series teams have been using on the last two race.

According to Sporting Regulations - Art.19.2:
"The Organizer reserves the right to adjust the minimum weight, the diameter of the air restrictors in order to maintain the balance of performance between the cars"
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Old 28 Sep 2013, 06:19 (Ref:3310326)   #8
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Well, i'm not sure if the AUDI R8 will be a real threat this year considering the actual FIA BOP (and this is the one to be used at 2013 Macau GT Cup according to the sporting regulations).

It just takes a look at FIA GT Series results to see that the excess of aero and the lack of power penalizes very much the 2013 AUDI R8 configuration... and Macau has some long straights and not that much of aero needs.

Pretty sure that AUDI Sport is already on field trying to use the 2012 configuration as FIA GT Series teams have been using on the last two race.

According to Sporting Regulations - Art.19.2:
"The Organizer reserves the right to adjust the minimum weight, the diameter of the air restrictors in order to maintain the balance of performance between the cars"
you are right,that'll be true challenge for Mr.Macau which two previous victory not really that treasure
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Old 28 Sep 2013, 10:18 (Ref:3310370)   #9
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Seems that AUDI Sport didn't slept after all...

For this weekend FIA GT race at Navarra the air restrictor was increased from 44 to 47mm.. that should help already :-)
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Old 9 Oct 2013, 12:49 (Ref:3315165)   #11
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Hakkinen,Dumas not there,but we have Bernd SCHNEIDER and Thomas Jager now...would be big rival to Motara as they have better BoP

http://www.macau.grandprix.gov.mo/gp...nt=101&race=15
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Here a better overview, instead to have to go to the website.
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Looks like a particularly strong entry this year, I reckon there's a good 8 cars that could fight for 2nd behind Mortara.
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Looks like a particularly strong entry this year, I reckon there's a good 8 cars that could fight for 2nd behind Mortara.
Depends on the BoP (and the energy he can gain form the frustration of this year's DTM season )...

Aston Martin's John Gaw will be interresting to watch: I don't expect a win but he was solid in Silverstone when the BES went there.
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