TEAM NEWS: Hitech Racing came home as leading British F3 team with fourth place in today’s Polytec Formula 3 Grand Prix in Macau. Estonian Marko Asmer had consistently been the quickest of the Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series runners over the course of the weekend, the 2007 champion just unable to add the coveted Macau crown to his already impressive record.
Starting from second on the grid following his superb runner-up spot in yesterday’s qualifier, the 23 year-old made a good start but got squeezed out on the entry to the first corner, dropping to fourth as the pack arrived at Lisboa. A spirited drive from the youngster soon saw him back up to third and looking to retake second when the safety car was deployed on lap eight to retrieve the stricken car of Franck Mailleux.
At the restart a charging Kodai Tsukakoshi found a way past dropping Marko back down to fourth, and despite setting the race fastest lap, and establishing a new lap record on the way, had to settle just outside the podium positions.
His young team-mate Austrian Walter Grubmüller continued to make excellent progress, the 18 year-old F3 rookie gaining three seconds a lap over the course of the weekend. His personal best lap, achieved in the final stages of the race underlined his consistent improvement as he recorded 18th at the finish.
The team’s third driver Michael Ho persevered with an overheating clutch, sustained as a result of the lengthy safety car period, and eventually finished 24th in the 15 lap race.