Macau gears up for Diamond Jubilee Grand Prix

MacauGPThe unique travel destination of Macau is gearing up to host the Diamond Jubilee Macau Grand Prix and race full throttle through a dazzling programme of racing over the course of six exhilarating days in November.

Combining young talent, established stars and some of the world’s most famous names in automotive excellence, the excitement is guaranteed to set pulses racing as the city takes pole position to celebrate 60 years of sporting success.

The Macau Grand Prix is one of the biggest events of the year in Macau and a favourite of motor sports fans. This year, to mark the 60th running of this prestigious event, the action will take place over two weekends (9-10 and 14-17 November 2013) when visitors will find a city buzzing with excitement as both car and motorcycle races wind through the streets of Macau. There will also be colourful lion dances at the official opening, with events such as the Macau Food Festival and firework displays adding to the revelry.

More than 350 competitors as well as thousands of motorsports fans are expected to descend on the city for this world-class event, which represents the climax of the Formula 3 calendar. The first weekend of the Macau Grand Prix will see six races on the legendary Guia street circuit, which is one of the most challenging street circuits in the world. The second weekend will feature headline races, including the final rounds of the 2013 FIA World Touring Car Championship and the celebrated Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.

At the centre of all the excitement is the thrill of the Formula 3 race itself, the FIA F3 Intercontinental Cup, which sees a field of 30 leading drivers compete for the unofficial world cup of the category. For these young superstars of tomorrow a win at Macau can guarantee a place in a top GP2 team or an immediate elevation to the pinnacle of motor racing, Formula 1. No fewer than eight F1 WorldChampions have raced in Macau: Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher, Jacques Villeneuve, Ayrton Senna, Mika Häkkinen and Sebastian Vettel.

Macau’s huge array of spectacular tourist attractions perfectly complement the exciting on-track action. From the Historic Centre of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and world-famous Macanese cuisine to the destination’s abundance of hot bars, cool clubs and spectacular shows, there is plenty to guarantee an unforgettable holiday in the Far East.

Those unable to attend the 2013 Macau Grand Prix can access an all-new official website unveiled by the Macau Grand Prix Comittee (www.macau.grandprix.gov.mo), which allows fans from across the world to enjoy the excitement and locate everything they need to know about the  event. Its modern design aims to capture the imagination of race fans and bring the glamour and excitement of the 60th Macau Grand Prix to millions of people across the globe.