In the 54th Polytec Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix, James Jakes (Manor Motorsport) was the best-placed Formula 3 Euro Series driver. The Briton finished seventh in a race that was won by Oliver Jarvis (Team Reckless TOM’s) from Japanese drivers Kodai Tsukakoshi (Manor Motorsport) and Kazuya Oshima (Team Reckless TOM’s). Reigning Formula 3 Euro Series champion Romain Grosjean (ASM Formule 3) drove a great overtaking race and came home in eighth place after having started 24th. Edoardo Mortara (Signature Plus) was tenth. He also made up many places from 26th on the grid.
While Jarvis led all the way from lights to flag to claim the coveted win in the prestigious event, there were quite a lot of position fights further down in the field. Yelmer Buurman (Manor Motorsport), who had started sixth and looked set for a good result on his second participation in Macau, was sidelined very early after a wheel had come off his car on the opening lap. For a while, Franck Mailleux (Manor Motorsport) was the best-placed driver from the Formula 3 Euro Series, running in eighth place, but on lap seven, he hit the barrier at Moorish Hill. After that, the safety-car was deployed for three laps. In the remaining five laps after racing resumed, Grosjean and Mortara continued their remarkable recovery and both made it into the top ten.
Oliver Jarvis (Team Reckless TOM’s): “Winning this race 25 years after Ayrton Senna means a lot to me, especially having won both races. Coming to Mandarin in the lead was important and so I did. After that, I was able to drive victory home.”
James Jakes (Manor Motorsport): “I was sixth here last year, so it is fair to say that I had expected a little bit more from this weekend than only a seventh place. Basically, we have been struggling all weekend and were around tenth place in almost every session. The main problem was lack of top speed.”
Romain Grosjean (ASM Formule 3): “Finishing eighth after starting 21st is not bad at all, is it? At the start, I could already make up quite a few places and my re-start after the safety-car intervention was good as well. The car was very good, although sometimes I struggled a bit in a few corners.”
Edoardo Mortara (Signature Plus): “Had it not been for my mistake yesterday, I could have had a much better result here, but the great recovery I had finishing tenth after having started 26th is something I am proud of. Sometimes, I overtook three, four drivers a lap. I really enjoyed it!”