Mortara Victorious in Star River Windsor Arch Macau GT Cup Macau
Edoardo Mortara proved as masterful in a GT as he was in a Formula 3 car around Macau’s Guia Circuit by taking victory in today’s Star River • Windsor Arch Macau GT Cup. The Italian crossed the line in his Audi R8 LMS in the shortened 10-lap race almost six and a half seconds ahead of closest challenger and two-time race winner Keita Sawa of Japan.Third across the line was Danny Watts in the McLaren MP4. Watts had tried to challenge for second, but Sawa held firm in the Lamborghini LP-560.Macau driver Rodolfo Avila finished fourth in the Team Jebsen Porsche 911 GT3 R ahead of Japan’s Tomonobu Fuji in an Aston Martin DBRS9.Mortara, who set the fastest lap for good measure, was thrilled to have added to GT victory to his tally of two Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix wins. “I had a good feeling with the car since the beginning of this race weekend. For racing drivers it’s all about confidence with the car, and when you have the right confidence, you can push.”Sawa was disappointed not to have added a third Macau victory, saying: “After I finished practice I felt that this year is too difficult to get P1. This is the sixth year at Macau for me, and each year I have been on the podium. For next year, I will come and try again for a victory.”Watts, meanwhile, “I have enjoyed the weekend from the word ‘go’. I think we have learned a lot. It (the new McLaren) is a very new programme, only eight months, and of course you need a very different set up in Macau. I have to say, Edoardo has been pure class all weekend, and has raised the GT Cup to a new level because every year I’ve been here, the level gets better and better.”Mortara got away well off the start, with Sawa and Watts battling it out on the run to Lisboa, the Japanese ace closing the door on the Briton.