Galaxy Double R Racing's hopes of victory in the 58th Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix ended after just a handful of laps today, Sunday, 20th November, when unfortunate contact with the Circuito da Guia barriers ruled Valtteri Bottas out on the spot while running in a highly competitive second position.Beginning the world's most prestigious F3 race fourth on the grid, the Finnish star made a superb getaway to challenge pole position starter Marco Wittmann and following an early Safety Car period Bottas held second place well.Soaking up immense pressure when racing resumed, the Galaxy Double R driver pressed on but contact with the unforgiving barriers at Lisboa on lap five led to an instant retirement for the 2011 GP3 Series Champion - robbing him and the team of a potential win and almost certainly a podium.There wasn't much better fortune for team-mates Marko Asmer and Mitch Evans with both unable to take the chequered flag, although they did produce superb performances like Bottas during the early stages.Estonian racer Asmer began the Grand Prix from 18th on the grid, after a luckless Qualification Race on Saturday where a broken and dislodged sidepod resulted in a significant loss of pace and cost him a dozen positions at least.Rocketing into 13th place on lap one today, avoiding a start-line incident after a stall for third placed Roberto Merhi, Asmer then moved into 12th ahead of the appearance of the Safety Car. Up to 11th on lap five, as a result of Bottas' retirement, the former British F3 Champion looked good for a potential top 10 finish after a second Safety Car period between laps eight and 10.Heading onto the penultimate lap still on the fringe of the top 10, Asmer was then ruled out of the reckoning when he broke the rear track-rod on his car. The race was concluded under Safety Car conditions due to a major multi-car accident, so Asmer was actually classified in 19th place.As during Saturday's Qualification Race, rising teenage star Evans made a stunning start to the GP and climbed from 22nd on the grid into 17th position on the first lap. Running in 16th place after the first Safety Car period, the New Zealander looked assured of more great progress but an unfortunate excursion under braking for Lisboa ruled him out of the race on lap five."It's not been the weekend we'd hoped with the end results but from a performance point of view, we definitely had very strong pace here in Macau over the last few days and should have had a podium at least", said team principal Anthony 'Boyo' Hieatt, "Valtteri was a contender for the win, certainly a podium, it was really unfortunate for his race to end as it did.
"Marko and Mitch both did another great job to make up a lot of ground early on and, like Valtteri, deserved more than they got. That's the kind of place Macau is, you need a lot of luck for things to go your way but Marko had the track-rod breakage and Mitch had the off. Whatever the outcome, the team did a fantastic job all weekend - thanks to all three drivers for their hard work and to Galaxy Macau for their fantastic support."