The Macau Grand Prix is THE motor-racing event held annually in November right on the streets of Macau. Macau Grand Prix is so far the only street circuit racing event in which both car and motorcycle races are held. Every year more than three hundred racing drivers and riders from around the world fly in for the annual event.
The main highlight of the grandprix weekend is the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix, which features many national Formula 3 champions and drivers around the world. The brutal and challenging Guia Street Circuit consists of fast straights were Formula 3 cars can reach a top speed of 260 km/h (160 mph) plus tight corners and uncompromising crash barriers makes the Macau Grand Prix one of the most demanding circuits in the world.
Famous winners include Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard, Ralf Schumacher, Takuma Sato and Riccardo Patrese. Many current or former Formula One drivers have participated in the event early in their careers and some of them have won the prestigious prize.
Since 2005, the double-header Guia Race, which traditionally features touring cars from world-renowned car manufacturers, has officially become the final two races of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).
The Macau Grand Prix race weekend normally starts on a Thursday and ends on a Sunday on the second or third week of November. The first two days (Thursday and Friday) are generally scheduled for practicing and qualifying.
Photo from Macau Grand Prix Committee.
All races are held on Saturday and Sunday, with the final rounds of the heavyweights Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix and the Guia Race (scheduled to be the final 2 rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship since 2005) held on the last day.
Both the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix and the Guia Race are sanctioned by the FIA and the winner of the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix is awarded the FIA Intercontinental Cup.
Apart from the two major races held at the race weekend, the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix is also one of the highlights of the weekend since it features former or current racers of the Superbike World Championship.
Other races include the Formula BMW Pacific race, and for locals and Hong Kong drivers who want a slice of the action, Interport Race for novices, CTM Cup race the experienced.
Newly introduced into the 2008 race is the Road Sport Challenge for popular sport compact cars commonly associated with the tuner market, Macau GT Cup for GT3 cars.
Races that have been held in the past but have since been discontinued includes the ATCS race, Supercar Cup for road going exotic sports cars, the Formula Renault race, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia race, the scooter race for locals and in the past but on an less than frequent basis, a Jackie Chan endorsed race for celebrity drivers involving Mitsubishis, with whom Chan hold a sponsorship deal.
FIA WTCC LG - Guia Race of Macau – Presented by
Macau is proud to be hosting the final round of the FIA’s newest world championship.
The final round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in Macau brings with it a great deal of prestige to the event and to Macau.
39th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix – Hotel Fortuna
The Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix – Hotel Fortuna adds to the unique nature of our event. It is almost unheard of for cars and motorcycles to run on the same race programme, but here in Macau it has worked superbly for almost four decades and adds to the broad appeal of the Macau Grand Prix.
But the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix – Hotel Fortuna is far more than this. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the most famous two-wheel challenges in the world. The diversity of the riders – from road racing specialists, to national superbike heroes, to the stars of endurance racing – and our extraordinary Guia street circuit, have combined to create something of a legend in motorcycle circles. We are delighted that, once again, the Hotel Fortuna is on board as the title sponsor.
Part of the enduring and widespread appeal of the Macau Grand Prix is the diversity of its race programme. When the Macau Grand Prix Committee develops the schedule, they have two criteria – quality and variety, and this year’s line-up meets these admirably.
The Macau Grand Prix is a Formula 3 event, attracting more than 20,000 motor-racing fans from around the world for this high-octane three-day event.