The fact that there’s 20 full minutes of lowlights from one racing weekend should tell you that maybe a certain “historic” racing venue is a tad sketch. That’s what the 2017 Macau Grand Prix weekend gave us thanks to the mad genius behind CrashRacing. My only beef is that it’s not set to “Spanish Flea” or the Benny…
Can you just imagine being a Formula 3 driver? Just imagine it. You’ve worked your way up. Next stop, Formula 1. You’ve had your successes, and now, another one. You’re on the last corner of the last lap of a big race. And then you stuff it. Both of you.
Somewhere a beaver is looking at this ridiculous Macau Grand Prix pile-up and thinking, “man, I wish I my dams were that effective.” All but four cars in the FIA GT World Cup qualifying race got crammed into one corner after a crash near the front of the field acted as an impromptu car-dam, blocking all exits.
FIA GT World Cup Audi R8 LMS racer Laurens Vanthoor clipped the inside curb at Macau’s Mandarin Bend at 155 mph, sending him out of control into the wall on the other side of the track, per Motorsport.com. Vanthoor’s Audi flipped over and started sliding on its roof, immediately triggering a red flag to stop the race.
Future world champion Kevin Schwantz had just one thought when he scraped his racing leathers against a wall on the first turn of the Macau Grand Prix in 1988. “Holy shit,” Schwantz told me this week. “Don’t do that again.”
Please enjoy motorcycle racer John McGuinness, a frequent destroyer of the Isle of Man TT races since 2006, squeezing his way between opponents and the tight walls of last year’s Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix from the vantage point of his bum.
I’m telling you, Circuito de Guia is one of the most insane race tracks anywhere in the world. I wasn’t being hyperbolic when I called it “batshit crazy.” Anything can happen and usually does. That was definitely the case this weekend.
Here’s the first corner of TCR International’s Race 2 at the Macau Grand Prix. It’s the kind of mega pile-up that only the combination of huevos grandes, a narrow circuit and little regard for intact bumpers can produce.
According to that joker Michael Ballaban, touring car drivers, and I quote: “Should all be banned from all competition, of any sort, for all of time. No pie eating contests, no bar trivia nights, no dizzy-baseball, and certainly no WTCC.” Please.
From this year's chaotic Macau Grand Prix weekend comes this gorgeous video of the Formula 3 race. Never has a lower-level formula race looked and sounded so epic. There's only fifteen laps in the season finale and the first few were interrupted by a huge crash. Make it count.
The Chinese Cup series brings us a lovely tale of what happens when you build a street course corner just a tad too small. You get a pileup that stops the race!
The Macau Grand Prix is one of the greatest races in Asia, but you'd never know it if the only open-wheeled racing you watched was Formula One. That's because the race in the former Portuguese colony belongs to its little brother, Formula Three. And damn is it some great racing.
This video captures the beauty, drama, and joy of the 2010 Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix — a stepping stone for drivers eying a move up to the fame, endorsement deals, and model wives that come with an F1 gig.