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MP Motorsport ready to take on new F3 challenge at Macau

MP Motorsport ready to take on new F3 challenge at Macau

Leading Dutch motorsport outfit MP Motorsport is gearing up for a fresh challenge by taking to the streets of Macau for the Macau Grand Prix. The upcoming weekend is the first time that the Dutch team will compete on the famous Guia street circuit in the former Portuguese colony – and with Liam Lawson, Richard Verschoor and Lukas Dunner, the team will bring three Macau rookies too.

In 2019, the 66th Macau Grand Prix will be run for the new FIA Formula 3 cars for the very first time. The non-championship race will see all regular FIA F3 teams take part with three cars each, filled by a mix of season regulars, local heroes, Macau veterans and new faces stepping up from Euroformula Open, Formula Renault and Formula Regional. It will be the first race in Asia for the reinvigorated category, on a circuit that has seen several updates to its safety standards.

For MP, the 2019 FIA Formula 3 World Cup at Macau will mark the Dutch outfit’s debut at the evergreen F3 event, and team manager Sander Dorsman is well aware of the steep hill the team will have to climb. “We are under no illusions that we will perform at the front right from the start, but you never know. We will come as prepared as we can, the drivers having spent many hours in the simulator getting to grips with the daunting Macau circuit. With Liam, Richard and Lukas, we have a line-up that perhaps lacks in Macau experience but certainly not in talent. We will give it our very best shot!”

Drivers Liam Lawson, Richard Verschoor and Lukas Dunner all look forward to the unique challenge ahead, hoping to boost their reputations with a good result at the famous Asian venue.

“Macau is special, and I can’t wait to drive the track for real”, said Red Bull junior Liam Lawson. The Kiwi took two podiums in his debut season in FIA F3, and would love add another at Macau. “Street circuits are about agression as well as finesse, and Macau will require the most from me in both departments.”

“It’s a legendary place”, said Richard Verschoor, who ended his FIA F3 season on a high with strong results at Monza and Sochi. “Driving there for the first time in my life will be a highlight that featured strongly on my bucket list of world-famous circuits.”

“Getting acquainted with the F3 car on a difficult track like Macau will be a steep learning curve for me”, said Lukas Dunner, who took two pole positions and six podiums in this year’s Euroformula Open series, and raced in F4 with MP Motorsport in 2017. “I won’t be daunted by the challenge, though, and will get stuck in from the word go!”

The 66th Macau Grand Prix & FIA Formula 3 World Cup will take place on 14-17 November, the weekend also playing host to the FIA GT World Cup, the FIA WTCR Macau Guia Race, the Macau Touring Cup Cup and the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.

13 November 2019

Photo: Dutch Photo Agency