British pilot Alex Lynn won the 2013 Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix, beating Portuguese António Félix da Costa in a tense encounter.
Barely more than a second covered the pair throughout the second half of the race, Lynn showing nerves of steel to take his first win in Macau at just his second attempt.
“I’ve dreamed of winning this race and ever since I left here finishing third [last year]. All I wanted to do is come back here and win and I can’t believe I’ve actually done it,” said the Theodore Racing by Prema driver.
Carlin driver da Costa, who won the race 12 months ago, started fourth, but quickly found himself in third when Felix Rosenqvist retired on the first lap.
He then slipped past Pipo Derani on the run to Lisboa following an early re-start, but was unable to overhaul the leader, despite closing the gap in the second half of the race.
Brazilian Derani wound up finishing third, but it took a little bit of good fortune. The Fortec driver had just been passed and gapped by Prema Powerteam’s Raffaele Marciello, only for the Italian to crash out of the race at R Bend four laps from the end.
A pair of Britons were next, Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport) leading home Carlin’s Jordan King – who was not only the best-placed rookie at the end of the event, but set the fastest lap of the race with a 2m11.547s.
Jazeman Jaafar was next, ahead of Carlin team-mate Carlos Sainz Junior, and Fortec driver Tom Blomqvist. Nicholas Latifi (Carlin) and Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) rounded out the Top 10.(macaunews)