Sunday, November 17, 2002

Gommendy wins the 49th Macau Grand Prix

Tristan Gommendy, the French F3 Champion, has won the F3 Macau Grand Prix driving a Dallara F302 Renault-Sodemo for the ASM Team. He worked his way relentlessly through the field after Heikki Kovalainen took the lead in the 15 lap final. In a race of incidents and accidents he showed great skill making a pass at 160 mph round the outside at Mandarin Oriental bend and going on to take the lead from Kovalainen, who finished second.
Japanese drivers Takashi Kogure, Katsuyuki Hiranaka and Hiroki Yoshimoto were third, fourth and fifth while Dutchman Robert Doornbos was sixth. Paolo Montin lost his chance by stalling on the startline when on pole position and later crashing out of the race at Lisboa Bend. Shinya Sato crashed right at the end of the race losing sixth at the last gasp.
This was a classic victory for Gommendy - Formula One talent scouts will be watching his progress. A great Macau Grand Prix that will be remembered in years to come.

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