The legendary Macau street circuit.

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A strong Macau debut.

The BMW M6 GT3 at the FIA GT World Cup in Macau.

Nicky Catsburg from the ROWE Racing Team claimed seventh place in the FIA GT World Cup on the legendary “Guia Circuit” in Macau. He had already concluded the qualifying race on Saturday with the same result in his BMW M6 GT3.

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However, Sunday’s race in the former Portuguese colony was anything but normal for Catsburg and the team. At the start of the race, Ricky Capo in the BMW Z4 GT3 from Team Modena Racing had hit a crash barrier, necessitating a long interruption to allow repair work to take place at the “Guia Circuit”. Capo had finished in 16th place on Saturday. Shortly after the restart, Audi driver Laurens Vanthoor survived a terrifying incident when he clipped the wall and catapulted his car into the air before crashing to the asphalt, upside-down. The race was stopped – but victory still went to Vanthoor as classification was based on the lap before the incident.

“The whole weekend was an unbelievable experience,” said Catsburg, who also claimed second place in the “Independence” standings. “This circuit is unique, and extremely difficult. This was the first time here for me and the team, so it was a major challenge. We got faster with each session. But that main race was just crazy. The main thing is that Laurens is okay after his accident. The race wasn’t that exciting for us, as we hardly drove at all. But overall it was a sensational experience to race the BMW M6 GT3 at high speed, so close to the crash barriers.”

The legendary GT race in Macau was upgraded significantly last year, and the international automobile association appointed it the official FIA World Cup. In addition to the GT race, the famous Macau GP for Formula 3 cars will also be held on the "Guia Circuit". The narrow but extremely fast street circuit is 6.2 kilometres and doesn't give the drivers many opportunities to overtake.