Archive | November, 2011

Richard Finishes 9th In Thrilling Macau Grand Prix Debut

23 Nov

Richard made his debut in the 58th running of the Macau Grand Prix on the weekend of the 20th November. This would be the first time he has competed in this famous race. 18 out of the 24 current formula one drivers have raced here.

Thursday started in difficult conditions as heavy rain greeted the drivers for practice. Richard did well to stay out of crashes in a session disrupted by many red flags and accidents to learn the 28 corner 6.2 km long street circuit. The rain stayed until Friday when qualifying took place. Richard unfortunately had some bad luck with a car crashing in front of him on his timed lap and with the road blocked Richard had no choice but to hit the other driver, damaging the car too much to continue. This meant that Richard would start in 24th place for the 10 lap qualifying race.

The qualifying race which would determine the grid for Sundays main race was run over 10 laps on Saturday afternoon. Richard made a great start to vault up into the top 20 instantly. Unfortunately an incident occurred with another driver early on and Richard was forced out of the race and would therefore start the main race from 25th.

After a dramatic start to the 58th Macau Grand Prix with a car stalling on the grid Richard made up a few positions before the safety car was brought out for the first time. From there he made his way up into the top 10 finishing in an eventual 9th place from 25th on the grid after 15 laps of racing.

The main aim of learning the track for next year was accomplished with a good result to follow and Richard will be back next year with the aim of winning. A big thank you goes out to TOM’S and Richards personal sponsor for the weekend, In Sense.

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