Mike Conway wins in Macau 20 Nov 2006
British Formula Three champion Mike Conway took victory in Sundays action-packed Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix. The race, which sees some of the worlds best aspiring Formula One drivers take to the streets, has previously been won by Ayrton Senna, Michael and Ralf Schumacher, and Takuma Sato.
Despite starting from seventh on the grid, Conway seized the lead on the opening lap and retained P1 despite almost hitting a wall at one point. The 23 year-old British driver finished with a 1.4 second lead over American driver Richard Antinucci.
Adrian Sutil, who impressed as Midlands third driver at three Grands Prix earlier this year, ended the race in third after starting in sixth. Although former Williams tester Marco Asmer finished in 13th, other drivers with established Formula One connections fared less well around the challenging Guia street circuit.
BMW Sauber reserve driver Sebastian Vettel, who had been one of the favourites to win, finished one lap down in 23rd, while newly-signed Williams tester Kazuki Nakajima failed to finish.
Toyota protege Kamui Kobayashi started the race on pole but, after colliding with Romain Grosjean on lap nine, eventually finished in 19th. Kobayashi has recently been promised a Formula One test with Toyota, along with Kohei Hirate, a fellow member of the Japanese team's young driver programme. Hirate also raced on Sunday but, after colliding with a wall on the penultimate lap, finished in 27th.
Formula Three became part of the Macau Grand Prix back in 1983.