Mortara claims Macau GP victory

Edoardo Mortara took a hard-fought victory in the Macau Grand Prix on Sunday after triumphing in a race-long duel with Signature team-mate Jean-Karl Vernay

Mortara claims Macau GP victory

The Italian had started from third on the grid, but a good start allowed him to move past front-row starter Marcus Ericsson (TOM'S) and pole position man Vernay on the run down to Lisboa.

The race was stopped a few moments later, however, when the track was blocked following a multiple-car collision caused when Carlin's Daniel Ricciardo crashed into the wall at the Solitude Esses and was clipped by a number of other cars.

At the restart, Mortara got away cleanly but his advantage was not enough to prevent Vernay getting into his slipstream and overtaking him into Lisboa.

From there, the Signature pair were locked in a very tight battle for the lead - although it seemed Vernay had done enough as Mortara could not get close enough in the final corners of the lap to get a slipstream down the main straight.

However, coming out of the Melco Hairpin on lap 11, Vernay made a mistake - which allowed Mortara to close up on him and swoop past into the lead into Lisboa on lap 12.

From there, Mortara was able to pull away and take the victory - which came on the same day that fellow Italian Gabriele Tarquini became FIA World Touring Car champion.

"It feels fantastic," said the delighted Mortara. "So many things are going through my head I don't know where to start. I feel so emotional. After such a difficult season this year, it is unbelievable. I am proud of this victory."

Briton Sam Bird finished third, having moved up the field from seventh on the grid. He was fifth in the early stages of the race, but took fourth from Ericsson on lap 12.

He then moved up another place on the final lap when third place runner Valtteri Bottas slowed with a wheel problem. Ericsson finished fourth, with Bottas fifth.

Pos Driver Team Car Time/Gap 1. Edoardo Mortara Signature D/V 53m07.769s 2. Jean-Karl Vernay Signature D/V + 1.146s 3. Sam Bird ART D/M + 10.982s 4. Marcus Ericsson TOM'S D/T + 14.988s 5. Valtteri Bottas ART D/M + 19.188s 6. Takuto Iguchi TOM'S D/T + 21.406s 7. Renger van der Zande Double R D/M + 22.059s 8. Mika Maki Hitech D/V + 29.005s 9. Yuji Kunimoto Now D/T + 33.348s 10. Jules Bianchi ART D/M + 35.761s 11. Victor Garcia Fortec D/M + 46.923s 12. Carlos Huertas Manor D/M + 47.111s 13. Laurens Vanthoor Signature D/V + 48.036s 14. Kouki Saga La Beausset D/T + 54.965s 15. Stef Dusseldorp Kolles & Heinz D/V + 1m05.637s 16. Henry Arundel Carlin D/V + 1m10.699s 17. Roberto Merhi Manor D/M + 1 lap 18. Alexander Sims Double R D/M + 1 lap Retirements: Kei Cozzolino Toda D/H 10 laps Alexandre Imperatori Kolles & Heinz D/V 3 laps Daniel Zampieri Prema D/M 0 laps Michael Ho Manor D/M 0 laps Stefano Coletti Prema D/M 0 laps Max Chilton Carlin D/V 0 laps Jake Rosenzweig Fortec D/M 0 laps Brendon Hartley Carlin D/V 0 laps Daniel McKenzie Fortec D/M 0 laps Daniel Ricciardo Carlin D/V 0 laps 
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