The urban canyons of Macau
2019-11-13

From 15 to 17 November, one of the year’s most spectacular races is on the agenda for Phoenix Racing: the FIA GT World Cup in Macau. The renowned and notorious urban canyons of the gambling metropolis are unforgiving where driving is concerned and action-packed racing is guaranteed!

It’s not the Meuspath crew’s first performance in the special administrative region of China. The team was already at the start in 2015 and 2016. Team principal Ernst Moser’s squad was founded in 1999 and together with Michael Bartels in an Audi A4 quattro, they promptly celebrated a victory the same year.

And 20 years later, the race has not lost any of its fascination:

The Macau motor racing weekend is one of the year’s most diverse events, where in addition to the GT cars, Formula 3 and also the WTCR are represented. Another feature is the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix, which takes place on the Guia Circuit at the same time.

With so much motorsport action, it’s not surprising that the event extends over more than three days. Beforehand, fans are offered all kinds of entertainment and every year numerous visitors make their way to the seaport to enjoy it. No wonder the Grand Prix in Macau is described as the Asian counterpart of the Formula 1 spectacle in Monaco.

However, the Guia Circuit has always been the subject of much discussion – and with good reason. There are no run-off areas in the streets, the often narrow sections and tight corners make overtaking all the more difficult. Accidents usually occur with several cars and are an everyday feature of the 6.2 km circuit.

Room next to the track is also scarce, the cramped street canyons offering too little space for all teams and their equipment. So some participants simply go underground and work in subterranean garages at the weekend – something unheard of on any other racetrack!

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