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A day at the races!

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Outta my way, dude! :-P

To be honest, the main reason for my second trip to HK this year was that advertisement I saw in Macau in march saying "56th Macau Grand Prix, 19th to 22nd of November, 2009".

So today I'm going to Macau to see the race! :-)
Chispa was so kind to buy me a nice ticket at a local HK ticket store two weeks in advance, and I already picked up my ferry ticket yesterday.
So nothing is gonna stop me today!! :-)

The ferry to Macau wasn't as crowded as I expected. After all, it's saturday, so many HK people and tourists are going to Macau to have some fun. Also, most of the people to see the race are probably going there from HK. Maybe it's not so crowded because it's kinda early - 9am.

Due to the fact that the race course is practically one of Macau's main streets, the shuttle bus stops were relocated a few hundred meters from ferry terminal.

Cup racers
They had some temporary walk ways to get there. I took the MGM shuttle bus, because my seat was located near Lisboa hotel, which is quite close to MGM casino.

Being a biker myself, I'm mainly interested in the bike race, being scheduled for about 3pm.
Until then, there were different classes of race cars on the schedule.

Walking from MGM to Lisboa Bend, I could already hear some infernal race car engine noise! Aaaaaaaahhhh! :-)
I love this sound! The sound of hundreds of wild mustangs freaking out simultaneously!

In the morning, there were a few cup races, first one with Toyota MR2's and Honda S2000's and the like. To be honest, those cup racers are far more interesting than formula race cars... because those guys really fight for their position in the race! No mercy, full body contact! Big fun for both drivers and viewers!

Second race was GT class, with cars like Porsche GT, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and Corvette.
Who parked that car wreck on the race track?
Exquisite engine sound, still a lot of metal-deforming fights.
Third race was formula race... boooooring! After a few laps, some cars hit the wall, so most of the time the horde was following the safety car... no real good fights, and the race was over while still in safety car phase :-(

After that, there was a performance of some local celebrities opposite the grandstand, who sang a few songs in chinese. Didn't know who those people were, but as there was some sweet eye candy, I didn't really care hehe ;-)

At 3:30 in the afternoon, the bike race was started... Finally!! Those guys are crazy! Going full throttle with speeds exceeding 250km/h, they approach the 90° Lisboa Bend curve, slow down to walking speed, then after almost hitting the wall, accelerate to 200km/h in the blink of an eye!
Bike races are much more interesting than car races.
Bike race! Yes! :-)
.. because leadership often changes, when a driver is to late or to early on the brake.
So that's why the atmosphere on that grandstand became a little noisier during the bike race!

Luckily no driver got injured during the race... it's really tough and dangerous to race on a city course like Macau!

After the race, I visited nearby casinos (Wynn, MGM), then took MGM shuttle bus back to the ferry and went back to HK. Bye bye Macau! See you soon!



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Outta my way, dude! :-P
Outta my way, dude! :-P
Cup racers
Cup racers
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No mercy!
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