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Off and racing: The Macau Grand Prix returns this weekend

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Time Out Hong Kong
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The Suncity Group 63rd Macau Grand Prix returns! We go trackside and gear up for one of the biggest racing events on the planet

Throaring engines and adrenaline-pumping thrills of the Macau Grand Prix are back between November 17 and 20 – and they’re bigger and better than before. Now into its seventh decade, expect even faster GT cars and Formula 3 racers, tighter competitions and more expertly tuned motorcycles and automobiles at this iconic event. It’s all happening on the famous Guia Circuit, one of the most demanding circuits in the world, with an exhilarating combination of unexpected sharp corners and high-speed straights.

This four-day action-packed extravaganza is everything a racing fan could ever want – and more. It’s not known as Macao’s biggest and most prestigious event for nothing. In fact, it’s now solidified its status as the world’s premier Formula 3 event, with the race being designated for the first time by the Féderation Internationale de l’Automobile as the FIA Formula 3 World Cup. The Macao GP thus holds the honour of being the first event in the world to host two FIA World Cups on the same programme.

While the main events take place over the weekend of November 19 and 20, in all, there are seven races on the jam-packed schedule. As well as the FIA F3 World Cup and FIA GT World Cup, spectators can look forward to other high-speed highlights like the Suncity Group Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix – which this year celebrates its golden jubilee – and the always thrilling Suncity Group Guia Race 2.0T which features TCR (touring car racing)-specification vehicles. Supporting acts – but no less exciting ones – include the Macau Touring Car Cup, the Suncity Group Macau Road Sport Challenge for modified roadsters and the Suncity Group Chinese Racing Cup featuring up-and-coming local talent. There really is something for everyone over what promises to be an action-packed weekend.

Choosing the right ticket is key to enjoying yourself at the grand prix. If you’re all about soaking up the thrill and suspense of the starting line, Grandstand A is the ideal choice. Taking it to another level, the Lisboa Stand is for true adrenaline-seekers. From here, you can feel the acceleration as the high-powered machines hurtle past. It’s as close as you can get to experiencing the action without actually being in a car. For the best of both worlds, the Reservoir Stand is perfect for tourists or casual fans wanting a more general overview of the entire race.

Adding a cultural element to the proceedings is a captivating display at Tap Seac Square, showcasing vehicles from the FIA GT World Cup and Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix, as well as an awesome range of classic motorcycles. It’s an up-close look at some of the finest racing machinery in the business and is supplemented by a grand prix exhibition and souvenir sales booths. Taking place on November 12 and 13, it’s the perfect way to warm up before the main event. 

If you’re heading to Macao early – and there’s every reason to do so – head over to Sai Van Lake Square for the 16th Macao Food Festival, this year taking place between November 11 and 16. Here, you can fuel up on delicious Asian and European fare, as well as some Macanese delicacies while overlooking the Macau Tower. There’s also set to be live entertainment, games, beer competitions and a stunning fireworks show to top it all off. Petrolheads rejoice!

For more information on the Suncity Group 63rd Macau Grand Prix, head to macau.grandprix.gov.mo

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