Uno Racing do themselves proud as they take their AMR GT3's to Macau

Monday, November 22, 2021

With the street circuit lined Armco barrier being as unforgiving as usual, the 68th running of the Macau Grand Prix was just as a bruising affair at it usually is for the nineteen strong entry that competed in the Sands China Macau GT Cup races at the weekend.

Featuring two Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT3’s from the Uno Racing team, this event was the first time that the latest generation of AMR Vantage GT3 had competed in the event since 2015 when three V12 examples raced for the then AMR powered Craft Bamboo team.

Well fashioned in livery designs from the two Oriental fashion houses, their #38 car was driven by long term GT3 racer Marchy Lee whilst their #91 car was driven by David Pun, a Gentleman driver who had stepped up to GT3 racing only this season within the Chinese GTSSC Series.

Competing against some more experienced and hardened racers, their short Qualifying session allowed them to Qualify P7 and P9 respectively for Saturday afternoon’s shorter eight lap race of the Sands China Macau GT Cup. The earlier warm up however, was marred by a big impact for the #17 Audi R8 which resulted in one destroyed car, significant barrier damage and sadly multiple chest injuries for the driver.

Down to eighteen starters for Race 1, a street circuit layout again confirmed just how hard it was to pass as both Aston’s initially dropped back before recovering again to run together just behind the lead pack in P5 and P6 overall before an engine failure for a Lamborghini going into Lisboa curtailed the race as the approaching P2 Mercedes AMG GT3 of former AMR racer Darryl O’Young spun off and crashed into the barrier from the dropped fluid.

The race was red flagged at this point and then quickly conformed as not restarting at the track curfew and release back into public use approached – P5 for Lee and P6 for Pun were later confirmed.

Those results were then used to form the starting grid for the twelve-lap race finale on Sunday and it was another feisty start for the grid as Marchy Lee ran three wide into Lisboa but was lucky to come out the other side in one piece leaving the two Astons again running line astern in P6 and P7 by the end of the first lap.

With the top four cars again breaking away with a big gap then back to Lee, drama again soon unfolded as first a Mercedes contacted the barrier and stopped on track before another Lamborghini hit the barrier harder at another part of the circuit.

Further debris from a tyre blow out on a Porsche lead to the need for a Safety car to help clear the circuit to allow at least a last lap dash to the flag from where Lee finished just the overall podium in P4 with Pun just behind in P5 overall but P3 in his CAMF Class to mark a fine return of the brand to the Macau scene.

Congratulations to all involved.

Photo credits - Macau GT
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