TCR Asia Challenge @ Macau - De Souza: the first local winner in the Guia Race

TCR Asia Challenge @ Macau - De Souza: the first local winner in the Guia Race

23.11.2022: Filipe De Souza made history for Macau motorsport, as he became the first local driver to win the Guia Race. At the wheel of his CHAMP Motorsport Audi RS 3 LMS, De Souza was victorious in both legs of the new TCR Asia Challenge.


Filipe De Souza made history for Macau motorsport, as he became the first local driver to win the Guia Race. At the wheel of his CHAMP Motorsport Audi RS 3 LMS, De Souza was victorious in both legs of the new TCR Asia Challenge.



Race 1 - Pole sitter Andy Yan led at the start, but hit the barrier at the Lisboa bend and Lo Sze Ho spun in avoidance.


A few cars squeezed through, but most of the field was blocked behind them and De Souza found himself in the lead followed by Hu Heng, Cheong Chi On and Ryan Wong.


De Souza build a gap ahead of Hu Heng who was chased by Cheong Chi On; behind them Jason Mok defended P4 from Eurico De Jesus who hit the barrier at Lisboa at the beginning of lap 6.


During the last lap, Jason Mok tried to overtake Cheong Chi On for P3 at the Lisboa, but outbraked himself and went straight. De Souza was first under the chequered flag ahead of Hu Heng and Cheong Chi On.



Race 2 - At the start, De Souza made good use of the pole and led from Leong Keng Hei, Cheong Chi On and Chan Weng Tong. In the first lap, Chan overtook Cheong for P3 and put the pressure on Leong, while De Souza pulled away.


In lap 2, Cheong and Lo Sze Ho moved into P2 and P3, then the safety car was deployed after Yiu Lung’s Alfa Romeo Giulietta had crashed.


Race resumed in lap 5, with Cheong keeping the field behind, which helped De Souza to open a big gap. Lo Sze Ho passed Cheong for second and closed in on De Souza, but the safety car was called back into action because Mok Tsz Wang had crashed at the Mandarin bend.



The green flag was waved at the beginning of the last lap, with De Souza chased by Lo Sze Ho and Andy Yan. As they negotiated the Mandarin, Lo Sze Ho crashed and spund; his Hyundai was collected by the Audi cars of Ryan Wong, Huang Ruo Han and Cheong.



Yan stole the lead from De Souza before the Lisboa bend, but the race was red-flagged and De Souza was declared winner ahead of Lo Sze Ho and Yan, according to the classification at the end of lap 8.






Macau – Race 1


1. F. De Souza (Champ Motorsp., Audi RS 3 LMS ), 8 laps
2. Hu Heng (Pointer Racing, Audi RS 3 LMS), 2.558
3. Cheong Chi On (Xinli Team, Audi RS 3 LMS), 7.249




Macau – Race 2

1. F. De Souza (Champ Motorsp., Audi RS 3 LMS ), 8 laps
2. Lo Sze Ho (Z-Challenger Racing, Hyundai i30 N), 0.220
3. A.Yan Cheuk Wai (Team TRC, Honda Civic), 0.437




Fabio Ravaioli - photos Macau Grand Prix

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