Italian aces Marco Ardigo and Sauro Sacetti and british karter James Calado come top of the leader-board on the main race at the 2006 Macau International Kart Grand Prix.
Favorite Italian Marco Ardigo (21) at the Formula A qualifying races
Macau Karter Chang Wing Chung (in front) relaxes before racing in Mini ROK
Ardigo, the 2005 and 2006 european Formula A Champion and last year's champion in Macau won the first of three heats on the first day of qualifying races for Sunday's decisive finals ahead of Britains duo Gary Catt and James Calado. But luck deserted the title holder on the second heat with Ardigo crashing out on the fisrt lap after a coming together with Denmark's Michael Christiensen that put both drivers out of the race. Countryman Saudo Sacetti come forward to the defend the italian colours with a winn on heat 2, ahead of James Calado of britain and belgium's Jonathan Thonon. Ardigo was back in form in the third and final heat, the most competitive and hard fought of the afternoon. The Italian ace falled down from firts on the grid to fitfth on the end of lap number one, but put together a masterfull performance and display of great karting by recovering up to second place, only to loose the head by 19 thousands of a second to britain's James Calado, with Denmark's Christensen coming home in third place. Calado was the big surprise of the pacakage in Formula A conquering a third, second and firts places that gave the agregatte best result of the threen heats and pole-position for Sunday morning's pre-final wich will decide the grid for the grand final wich will take place later in the afternoon.
World champion dominates Rok Senior
Recently crowned world champion, germany's Christian Wangard come top of the combined results in the most international field at Macau event, the ROK Senior division, one of the fastest growing classes in the karting world. Wangard won the firts heat ahead of switzerland's Raphael Rongenmonser. The top swiss karter come up to finish first in the last heat, but compromised his chances with a bad result on heat 2. The ROK Senior division in Macau almost compares to a world championship with entrants from 12 countries and three continents.
The Kartódromo de Coloane, considered one of the best kart circuits in the world, is hosting this weekend the third and biggest edition ever of the Macau International Kart Grand Prix, with a record participation of 212 karters from 22 countries and regions, racing in ten different kart categories.
A total of 27 Formula A karters, the main categorie of karting, winners of the more competitive championshipes in Asia and Europe, race this weekend in Macau. The best Asian karters are also gathered in Macau for the forth and last round of the Asian Karting Open Championship.
The Macau International Kart Grand Prix is a co-organization of the Macau Sports Development Board, the Macau Government Tourist Office and the China-Macau Autosports Club.