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THE 50's: STARTING OUT
1954...The first Macau Grand Prix,
held on November 1, saw 15 entrants compete in a four hour race over 51 laps of
the 3.9 mile Guia circuit. Eddie Carvalho's Triumph TR 2 took victor's laurels
in the inaugural event while Gordon 'Dinga' Bell set a
fastest lap of 4:12.00 in his Morgan. The circuit left much to be desired
however, and the official stewards report noted the "back of the circuit is
very bad - mostly dirt and loose sand."
1955...During the spring and early
summer of 1955, the entire back section of the circuit was closed to traffic so
that its old cobbles could be dug up and replaced with asphalt. Hong Kong's
Robert Ritchie won the second, 60-lap Macau Grand Prix in his Austin Healey 100
in a time of 3:55.55.7. Less than a second behind was the Mercedes 190 SL of
Douglas Steane with third place going to Neville Fullford in a Triumph TR 2.
1956..The third Macau Grand Prix saw
the construction of a permanent concrete grandstand which incorporated 10 pits
and seating for 300. The 77-lap race was won by Douglas Steane in a Mercedes 190
SL, with his nearest rivals more than two laps behind.
1957...The race programme of the
fourth running of the Macau Grand Prix featured a 100 Mile Handicap Race, won by
Pan Am pilot George Baker, a Ladies Race and a Novice Race. The 77-lap Grand
Prix was won by Arthur Pateman in a Mercedes 300, who also set a new lap record
1958...The Guia circuit was reduced to its present length of 3.8 miles for the
fifth Grand Prix which also saw the
introduction of the 15-lap ACP Trophy Race. A total of 31 cars, the largest
field so far, were entered in the Grand Prix, which had been reduced to 60 laps
to avoid the glare of the late afternoon sun. Singapore's Chan Li Choon won the
Grand Prix in an Aston Martin DB 3S.
1959...The programme for the sixth Macau Grand Prix was expanded to include official practice sessions for the first time. Hong Kong's Ron Hardwick took an early lead in the Grand Prix but the race was red flagged when an overloaded steel footbridge collapsed, injuring 21 spectators. Hardwick led the field away from the restart and stormed to victory in his Jaguar XKSS, setting a new lap record of 3:24.10. A lap behind in second place was Australian Bill Wyllie in a DKW 1000 RS and third was Chan Li Choon's Aston Martin DB 3S. Carol Ungricht won the final running of the Ladies Race in her MGA.
THE 60's: A TIME TO GROW
1960...The Macau Grand Prix was, for
the first time, entered on the international racing calendar as a "national
race with foreign participation," and was subject for the first time to the
regulations published by the FIA for sports and grand touring cars. Scottish
driver Martin Redfern, in his Jaguar XK SS, took victory in the seventh Macau
Grand Prix with a time of 3:27:24.4. American Grant Wolfkill was second in a
Porsche Spyder and Briton Jan Bussell was third in a Ferrari Monza. The 60-lap
race saw the existing lap record broken 11 times in all - four times by Redfern,
twice by Bussell and five times by Wolfkill, who set the new lap record of
1961...Thailand's Peter Heath, who
along with Chan Li Choon had almost been excluded from the event when the
scrutineers failed their cars, went on to win the eighth Grand Prix in his Lotus
15. 26 seconds adrift was Bill Baxter in his brand new E-Type Jaguar, while
Heinz Gosslar's Porsche Carrera finished third, one lap behind.
1962...On his second outing at Macau,
popular Filipino driver Arsenio "Dodgie" Laurel won the Grand Prix in
his Lotus 22 Ford FJ and set a new lap record of 3:10.1. Second was Don Bennett
in a Lotus S7, and third was Hong Kong's Albert Poon, on the first of many
visits to the Macau Grand Prix rostrum.
1963...With his 1963 victory, Dodgie
Laurel became the first driver to win two consecutive Grands Prix. His Lotus
also became the fastest car ever on the Guia circuit when it hit a top speed of
73.38 mph mid-way through the race. The Jaguar E-types of Bill Baxter and Teddy
Yip, although four laps behind, were second and third respectively.
1964...The 11th Macau Grand Prix saw
an all-Lotus top three when Hong Kong's Albert Poon took victor's laurels in his
Lotus 23, followed by John Kirk in a Lotus Elan and Steve Holland in a Lotus 18
Ford FJ. Poon also set a new lap record of 3:05.40. Argentine rally champion
Eugen Bohringer won the 60-lap Production Car Race in a Mercedes 300 SE.
1965...Of the record 40 entries
received, only 24 would take the start of the 1965 Grand Prix. After a poor
start, victory went to Hong Kong garage owner John MacDonald in his Lotus 18. He
was followed closely by film-maker Grant Wolfkill in an E-Type Jaguar with
Singapore-based Flt. Lt. Tony Goodwin's Lotus Elite in third. Poleman Albert
Poon set a fastest lap of 3:07.60 before having to retire.
1966...By 1966, the Macau Grand Prix's reputation had spread to Europe and for the first time an "imported" driver, in the form of Italy's Mauro Bianchi, won the event. Bianchi, in a Renault Alpine, drove 60 laps of the Guia circuit in a time of 3:12:23.20 and set a new lap record of 2:59.80. Albert Poon also set a record for number of Grand Prix rostrum visits when he placed second in his Lotus 23, while the Porsche Carrera of Japanese driver Shintiro Taki took third.
1967...The first running of the Macau
Motor Cycle Grand Prix saw Japan's Hiroshi Hasegawa take the chequered flag when
his Yamaha RD 56 completed 30 laps of the Guia circuit in a time of 1:53:34.00.
The Grand Prix also saw its first fatality when the car driven by race favourite
Dodgie Laurel crashed and caught fire. The race was not stopped, although Teddy
Yip withdrew his entry in sympathy, and was eventually won by Tony Maw of
Malaysia in a Lotus 20B.
1968...With the appearance of
Japanese drivers Osamu Mochizuki and Osamu Masuko in their beautifully prepared
Formula 2 Mitsubishi Colts, the event saw the debut of its first true single
seater works team. Albert Poon in a Brabham Alfa took pole position for the
45-lap Grand Prix, with the two Mitsubishi Colts lining up next to him on the
front row. Poon led for much of the race, but gearbox failure on lap 35 put the
lead, and the win, into the hands of Singapore's Jan Bussell in a Brabham F2,
while Japanese bike ace Hiroshi Hasegawa won the Macau Motor Cycle Grand Prix
for the second successive year.
1969...John MacDonald became the first - and only - man ever to have won both the Macau Grand Prix (1965) and the Macau Motor Cycle Grand Prix. Riding a Yamaha, MacDonald's winning time over 30 laps of the circuit was 1:45:31.50. Australian Kevin Bartlett took victor's laurels in the 16th Macau Grand Prix in his Mildren Waggott and set a fastest lap of 2:39.03.
THE 70's: RECORD SETTING DECADE
1970...Austrian Dieter Quester,
driving a BMW Formula 2, won the 17th Macau Grand Prix, three laps ahead of
second place man Albert Poon's Brabham BT30. Singapore's Anne Wong won the
20-lap Touring Car Race in a Mini-Cooper S and Indonesia's Benny Hidajat, riding
a Yamaha YSI, took the chequered flag in the fourth Motor Cycle Grand Prix.
1971...Crack German driver Dieter
Glemser, in a factory Ford Capri RS, won the 20-lap Production Car Race by more
than two minutes over his nearest rival. Japanese riders O. Motohashi and S.
Minuro swept the 54-strong field to take top honours in the fifth Motor Cycle
Grand Prix, both on factory Yamahas. The 18th Macau Grand Prix saw 29 cars on
the grid, with victory going, for a second time, to Jan Bussell, with Japan's
Riki Ohkubo in second and fellow countryman Ken Misaki in third.
1972...John MacDonald made history
when he won the first running of the Guia Race (originally run over 201.4 miles,
the race was then known as the "Guia 200") in an Austin Cooper and the
same year won the Grand Prix in a Brabham BT36. MacDonald's win made him the
only competitor to have won all three international events. Japanese Yamaha
riders took the top three spots on the Motor Cycle GP rostrum with victory going
to Ikujiro Takai, second place to Yutaka Oda, and third to Akira Teuri.
1973...Hong Kong's John MacDonald,
won his third Grand Prix in 1973 driving a Brabham BT 40, followed by Indonesian
Sonny Rajah and Singapore's Graeme Lawrence. More than 100 entries were received
for the seventh Motor Cycle Grand Prix, won by Japan's Ken Araoka on a Suzuki.
Araoka also set a new lap record of 2:56.68, the first rider to lap the Guia
Circuit in under three minutes. To accommodate the huge number of entries, the
Macau Grand Prix introduced a six-lap "Organiser's Trophy Race" for
non-qualifiers in the Motor Cycle GP.
1974...Australian Vern Schuppan drove
to a run-away victory in the Grand Prix, setting a new lap record of 2:30.96 and
taking the chequered flag in his March 722 more than four laps ahead of second
placed David Purley and five laps ahead of Herb Adamczyk. Japan's Nobuhide Tachi
won the 53-lap Guia Race in his Toyota Celica TA and fellow countryman Kawasaki
Hiroyuki rode his Yamaha to victory in
the eighth Motor Cycle GP.
1975...With his win in the 21st Macau
Grand Prix John MacDonald became the Macau Grand Prix's most victorious driver
with wins in the 1965, 1972, 1973 and 1975 events. Nobuhide Tachi won the Guia
Race for the second year running and the top three places in the 25-lap Motor
Cycle GP went to Japanese riders Hideo Kanaya, Ken Araoka and Sadeo Asami.
1976...British bike ace Chas Mortimer
finally broke the Japanese stranglehold on the Motor Cycle Grand Prix with his
victory in 1976. Theodore Racing's Vern Schuppan won his second Grand Prix in a
Ralt, but it was team mate Alan Jones who stole the show when he set a scorching
lap record of 2:21.44 in his March - a record which would stand unbroken for the
next eight years. Following in the footsteps of her record-setting husband
Albert, Diana Poon, became the first woman to drive a single seater on the Guia
circuit. Popular Hong Kong driver Herb Adamczyk took victor's laurels in the
40-lap Guia Race in his Porsche Carrera RS and for the first time, the Macau
Grand Prix was run as a FIA-recognised event.
1977...Italy's Ricardo Patrese drove
his Team Harper Chevron to a decisive victory in the 40-lap Grand Prix, run to
FIA Formula Pacific regulations. Kiwi Steve Millen was second and Australian
Andrew Medicke was third. Peter Chow won the Guia Race, and set a new lap record
of 2:52.50, in his Toyota Celica and Kawasaki UK rider Mick Grant smashed the
Motor Cycle GP lap record when he rode the 3.8 miles of the Guia Circuit in
2:48.38 on his way to victory.
1978...In honour of the 25th Macau
Grand Prix, Macau's most famous motor sport personality Teddy Yip organised the
"Race of Giants." All the truly big names were in Macau that year -
Jack Brabham, Mike Hailwood, Jackie Stewart Phil Hill, Dan Gurney and, eventual
race winner, Jacky Ickx. Ricardo Patrese and Derek Daly took the top two
positions on the Grand Prix rostrum, while Kevin Cogan was third. Yamaha riders
took the top three honours in the Motor Cycle GP, with Sadeo Asami and Steve
Parrish in first and second respectively while British rider Mike Trimby,
organiser of the present day Motor Cycle GP entries, was third. Peter Chow's
Toyota Celica set a new lap record of 2:44.82 and won overall victory, for the
second year running in the Guia Race.
1979...For the first time, the Motor Cycle GP was run in two legs of 15 laps each; Sadeo Asami, riding a Yamaha TZ-OW, was the clear winner of both legs while Steve Parrish was second on points, and Bernard Murray, third. Herb Adamczyk took the chequered flag in the Guia Race, followed by Japan's Masahiro Hasemi and countryman Nobuhide Tachi. Geoff Lees' Theodore Racing March Ford took victory in the Grand Prix over Ricardo Patrese.
THE 80's: COMING OF AGE
1980...The Grand Prix was nominated
as the first Formula Pacific Championship, with poleman Geoff Lees taking
victory for Theodore Racing for the second year. Masahiro Hasemi was second in
his March Nissan and American Tom Gloy's Ralt was third. Sadeo Asami was making
history as well when his win in the 14th Motor Cycle Grand Prix made him the
only competitor to win the same event three consecutive years. British bike aces
Steve Parrish and Bernard Murray repeated their second and third place finishes
of the year before and Hans Stuck drove his BMW 320 to victory in the Guia Race.
1981...American Bob Earl took victory
in the 28th Grand Prix with Japan's Naohiro Fujita in second and Briton Ray
Mallock in third. The Guia Race, in which former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret
Thatcher's son Mark competed, was won by the late Manfred Winkelhock. In the
Motor Cycle Grand Prix, a new star was on the horizon in the form of "Rocket"
Ron Haslam, who took victory in the 30 lap race in 1:22:57.75, followed by
Sadeo Asami in second and Dutchman Boet Van Dulmen in third.
1982...Despite the wet and windy
conditions the Guia circuit's newest sensation, Ron Haslam, took pole position -
and won the Motor Cycle GP - for the second consecutive year. Charlie Williams
clocked in a lap time of 2:35.76, setting a new record - one which stood for a
decade. Brazilian Roberto Moreno drove to Grand Prix victory in this, the last
race in the short-lived Formula Pacific Championship. Columbian Roberto Guerrero
smashed Alan Jones' record when he lapped the circuit in 2:20.64 in his Theodore
Racing Ralt RT4 Ford. Hong Kong drivers Helmet Greiner, Adrian Fu and Peter Chow
took the top three positions in the Guia Race.
1983...The 30th Macau Grand Prix was
another landmark year for the event with its nomination as the FIA Formula 3
World Cup. Strongly supported by Teddy Yip's Theodore Racing, a young Brazilian
driver, then known as Ayrton Senna da Silva, took victory in this first Formula
3 Grand Prix. Senna was followed home by Roberto Guerrero and Gerhard Berger.
Ron Haslam's victory on his Honda 500 in the Motor Cycle GP saw him equal Sadeo
Asami's record of three consecutive wins. In the Guia Race, Hans Stuck and
Dieter Quester battled it out with Hong Kong driver Michael Lieu, with victory
going to Stuck, second to Quester and third to Lieu.
1984...The 31st Grand Prix saw
Denmark's John Nielsen drive a remarkable race to snatch the win from pole man
Stefan Johansson, with New Zealander Mike Thackwell in third. Ron Haslam's
non-appearance in the Motor Cycle Grand Prix left the field wide open, with Mick
Grant taking overall victory on his Suzuki 500, followed by Roger Marshall on a
Honda 500 and Mark Salle on a second Suzuki. Tom Walkinshaw drove a Jaguar XJS
to victory in the Guia Race, with team mate Hans Heyer in second and BMW driver
Hans Stuck in third.
1985...After a year off Ron Haslam
was back on the Guia circuit - and victorious once more in the Motor Cycle GP.
Belgian Grand Prix star Didier de Radigues was second and Eero Hyvarinen, the
"Flying Finn" was third. Leg 1 of the Grand Prix was shortened to 12
laps following a first corner incident at Statue (now known as Lisboa) Corner.
Mauricio Gugelmin took overall victory with Mike Thackwell in second place and
Jan Lammers in third. The Guia Race saw Gianfranco Brancatelli take the win, with Gerhard Berger coming home second and Michael Lieu in
1986...Great Britain's Andy Wallace
drove to victory in the F3 Grand Prix, with team mate Mauricio Gugelmin in
second and Jan Lammers in third. Venezuelan driver Johnny Cecotto's big Volvo
240 T took the chequered flag in the Guia Race, followed by Tom Walkinshaw in
second and Thomas Lindstrom in third. Ron Haslam won an unprecedented fifth
Motor Cycle Grand Prix, with second going to Didier de Radigues and third to
American Randy Renfrow, making it an all-Honda top three.
1987...Typhoon Nina lashed the China
coastal area but winds subsided enough to run a 10-lap Motor Cycle Grand Prix
which saw Ron Haslam become the Grand Prix's most successful rider with six
chequered flags to his credit. The shortened, 20-lap F3 Grand Prix, was won by
Martin Donnelly, with Jan Lammers in second and Germany's Bernd Schneider in
third. The Guia Race was a resounding success for BMW, with Italy's Roberto
Ravaglia first across the line, Dieter Quester in second and Fabien Giroux in
1988...American ace Kevin Schwantz
wowed the crowds with his high riding antics - including wheelies at 90 mph - on
his way to taking victory in the Motor Cycle GP. BMW team mates Altfrid Heger
and Markus Oestreich took first and second respectively in the Guia Race with
Ford Sierra driver Andy Rouse in third. The first leg of the Grand Prix was once
again shortened to 12 laps following a pile up at Lisboa. Enrico Bertaggia,
winner of the Monaco F3 Grand Prix, took victory in the event on aggregate -
without winning either of the two legs. Briton Damon Hill was second and Otto
1989...Teddy Yip again pulled out all the stops to stage his "Race of Champions". Competing in identical Mazda MX5 Miatas were racing legends such as Denny Hulme, Roy Salvadori, Al and Bobby Unser, Alan Jones and overall victor, Geoff Lees. The F3 win went to Australia's David Brabham, with Julian Bailey in second and Christophe Bouchut in third. It was Ford Sierras all the way in the Guia Race with Tim Harvey snatching victory from Andy Rouse. Due to bad weather and fading light, the Motor Cycle GP was shortened to eight laps, with Ulsterman Robert Dunlop taking the chequered flag.
90's: IN THE WORLD SPOTLIGHT
1990...Although the Macau Grand Prix
had seen many exciting finishes over its history, none was more dramatic than
the last lap collision of Leg 1 winner, and race favourite, Mika Hakkinen, with
Leg 2 leader, and eventual winner, Michael Schumacher. Steve
Hislop stormed to victory over Peter Rubatto in the Motor Cycle Grand Prix
and Macau veteran Masahiro Hasemi's Nissan turbo blew away the competition in
the Guia Race.
1991...Popular Scotsman David
Coulthard won the Grand Prix on aggregate time, despite finishing second to
Spaniard Jordi Gene in the second leg of the 30-lap race. Third place went to
young Christian Fittipaldi on his Guia circuit debut. World Championship rider
Didier de Radigues nicely rounded off a distinguished career by taking the
Silver Jubilee of the Motor Cycle Grand Prix, and setting a new lap record of
2:25.91. The Guia Race saw former F1 driver Emanuele Pirro take a close fought
victory over Kurt Thiim and three times Le Mans winner Klaus Ludwig.
1992...The 39th Macau Grand Prix saw
the lap records of all major races smashed. Sweden's Rickard Rydell won the
Formula 3 Grand Prix by just 1.57 over Portuguese driver Pedro Lamy, who set a
new lap record of 2:19.26 in his Reynard 923 Spiess Opel. In third place was
young Canadian driver Jacques Villeneuve. The Guia Race was a touring car
thriller with four factory Mercedes and three BMWs all determined to claim
victory. Although Mercedes driver Bernd Schneider set a blistering new lap
record of 2:29.74, Emanuele Pirro made it back-to-back victories, with BMW team
mates Joachim Winklehock and Roberto Ravaglia in second and third. The Motor
Cycle GP saw a classic two-wheeled battle between the 500 cc Yamahas of Carl
Fogarty, Jamie Whitham and Japanese ace Toshihiko Honma, with Fogarty taking
victory on aggregate, Honma in second and Whitham third. Fogarty also set a new
lap record of 2:33.94.
1993...In 1993 the event moved to its
new, multi-million dollar headquarters in a purpose built facility opposite the
jetfoil terminal. Rickard Rydell returned to defend his title but after setting
a new lap record of 2.17:40 he was forced to retire, paving the way for Jorg
Mueller's win. Denmark's Tom Kristensen was second, followed by pre-race
favourite Kelvin Burt. In the Motor Cycle GP, 1990 winner Steve Hislop took the
chequered flag four seconds ahead of 1989 winner, Robert Dunlop, who also set a
new lap record of 2.33:18. Hong Kong's Charles Kwan made it into Macau's history
books with a staggering trio of wins, the most astounding of which was his
victory in the 24-lap Guia race over Emanuelle Pirro, two-time winner of the
event, and touring car veteran Jo Winkelhock. With wins in the Supercar Race as
well as the Macau Cup Race, Kwan became the first man in the event's history to
have won three races in one weekend.
1994...After two previous attempts
Germany's Sascha Maassen, took victor's laurels on aggregate time. Kelvin Burt,
finished second while Jan Magnussen, who had started the race from 18th on the
grid, came home third. The Guia Race saw Jo Winkelhock in his Schnitzer BMW,
taking the chequered flag in both heats, with team mate Steve Soper second and
Toyota's Tom Kristensen in third. Scotsman Steve Hislop, riding a 500cc Yamaha
Grand Prix machine, took his third Motor Cycle GP victory. Just 2.97 seconds
behind was Englishman Mike Edwards, with Phillip
McCallen in third.
1995...Ralf Schumacher emulated his
brother's success at Macau and won the event despite a massive pile up in the
second leg. Italian Jarno Trulli came home second and Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa
was third. Macau's Andre Couto finishedcredible sixth in his first ever F3 race.
The Guia Race, which ran over two, 12-lap heats, saw Kelvin Burt take the win
followed home by Steve Soper and Julian Bailey. The Motor Cycle Grand Prix saw a
grandstand finish between 1994 runner up Mike Edwards and Philip McCallen, with
Edwards pipping McCallen to the post by just over a tenth of a second.
Consolation for McCallen came in the form of a new lap record of 2:33.259. Third
was Swiss ace Andy Hofmann.
1996...Following an amazing finish,
when most drivers in the Grand Prix failed to take the chequered flag because of
a last-lap incident, victory was awarded to British F3 champion Ralph Firman
ahead of Max Angelelli and Jarno Trulli. In the Motor Cycle Grand Prix,
Ulsterman Philip McCallen won the 15-lap race on his eighth visit to the Guia
circuit after pulling open a near 14 second advantage over Scotsman Roger
Bennett, the first lap leader. Michael Rutter was third home, while 1992 winner
Mike Edwards set a new lap record of 2:33.07. Audi driver Frank Biela took
victory in a drama-packed Guia Race, followed home by Australian champion Brad
Jones and Toyota driver Michael Krumm in third.
1997...After an action packed race
which saw Frenchman Soheil Ayari's car launched into the air, Ayari drove a
brilliant race to win the 44th Macau Grand Prix. Behind Ayari, Patrice Gay and
Enrique Bernoldi were locked in a thrilling battle with Gay pipping Bernoldi
across the finish by just two and a half seconds while pre-race favourite Tom
Coronel had to settle for a new lap record of 2:15.950. Briton Steve Soper fully
capitalised on the first leg retirement of BMW team mate Jo Winkelhock to win
the Guia Race from Toyota's Michael Krumm, with Charles Kwan in third. Veteran
Swiss road racer Andy Hofmann fulfilled his promises to win the Motor Cycle GP.
Hofmann, on his 750cc Kawasaki, won the race by almost seven seconds ahead of
1996 winner, Phillip McCallen on a 500cc Yamaha. Shawn Higbee, on a Suzuki 900,
took third, making him the first American privateer on podium for almost a
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