Guia Circuit

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Guia Circuit
Circuito da Guia GP.svg
Location Macau, China
Time zone GMT +8
Major events Formula Three
Length 6.2 km (3.8 mi)
Turns 19
Lap record 2:10.186 (Sérgio Sette Câmara, Motopark, 2015, Formula Three)

The Guia Circuit, or Circuito da Guia, is a street circuit located at the southeast region of the Macau Peninsula in Macau, China. It is the venue of the prestigious Macau Grand Prix and Guia Race of Macau. The circuit consists of long straights and tight corners, and features the characteristics of a typical street circuit - narrow, bumpy and limited overtaking opportunities. However, there are two special features that can rarely be found in other street circuits - variation in altitude (over 30m between highest and lowest point of the circuit) and an ultra long main straight that allows top speed of 260 km/h on F3 cars. As a result, the circuit is recognised as one of the most challenging circuits in the world in terms of both driving and tuning, as cars have to maintain competitive speed to overcome hill-climbing, twisty corners and long straights in a single lap.

History[edit]

The Guia Circuit was originally conceived in 1954 as a route for treasure hunt around the streets of the city,[1] but shortly after the event it was suggested that the hunt's track could host an amateur racing event for local motor enthusiasts. Since 1967, with the introduction of a motorcycle race, the track has become a venue for both motorcycle and car racing events.

Racing events[edit]

The circuit is unique for its combination of motorcycle and car racing events within the same race weekend. The Macau Motorcycle GP, the Guia Race (WTCC final rounds from 2005 to 2014) and the Macau Formula 3 GP are the highlights of the race weekend. In addition, various kind of racing events are organized for competition between local and regional (Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South East Asia, etc.) enthusiasts.

Layout[edit]

Unlike other regular racing tracks in the world, the layout of the Guia Circuit has not been modified since its first event in 1954 (the pit and paddock complex has been relocated to the present location since 1993, but the layout of the circuit has not been changed). The narrowest part of the track has a width of merely 7m, which is located at the Melco Hairpin. The whole length of the circuit is safely bounded by Armco barriers painted in black and yellow stripes. There used to be a gravel trap near the Reservoir Bend but since the pit and paddock complex was moved to the present location, this feature has been removed.

Grandstands[edit]

There are two major grandstands around the circuit for spectators to watch live racing - the main grandstand along the pit straight and the other one at the Lisboa Bend. The Lisboa Bend is the most famous spot of excitement as it offers the only possible overtaking opportunity at the end of the main straight. On the other hand, it is also notorious for massive pile-ups on opening laps due to its 90-degree turn configuration and its significant reduction in track width. As a result, the ticket price for a seat at the Lisboa Bend is much higher than that of a seat at the main grandstand. But as with most street circuits there are many people who stand or sit next to the track or on bridges and fly overs.

Lap records[edit]

Italics indicate discontinued class.

Category Record Driver Car/Bike Date
1993–[2]
Formula 3 Grand Prix 2:10.186 Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Dallara F315-Volkswagen 2015[3]
GT Cup 2:18.031 Belgium Laurens Vanthoor Audi R8 LMS 2016[4]
Formula Renault 2:23.135 United States Scott Speed Tatuus-Renault F7R 2004
Motorcycle Grand Prix 2:23.616 United Kingdom Stuart Easton Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R 2010
Guia Race WTCC TC1 2:27.009 United Kingdom Robert Huff Lada Granta WTCC 2014[5]
Porsche Carrera Cup 2:27.343 Hong Kong Darryl O'Young Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 2007
Guia race (Super Touring) 2:29.253 United Kingdom Steve Soper BMW 320i 1997
Formula BMW 2:29.449 United Kingdom William Buller Mygale FB02-BMW K1200RS 2009
Asian Formula 2000 2:30.052 France Philippe Descombes Argo-Ford Zetec 1.8 2001
Guia race (Super 2000) 2:30.881 United Kingdom Robert Huff Chevrolet Cruze 2011
Road Sport Challenge 2:32.974 Japan Manabu Orido Nissan GT-R 2010
Guia Race TCR 2:34.136 United Kingdom Robert Huff Honda Civic TCR 2015
Guia race (Super Production) 2:39.634 United Kingdom Simon Harrison Honda Integra Type-R 2003
CTM Touring Car[6] 2:40.916 Hong Kong Paul Poon Chevrolet Lacetti 2012
Supercar race 2:41.877 Hong Kong Kevin Wong Porsche 911 GT3R 2000
ACMC race 2:42.591 Hong Kong Cheung Wai On Honda RS125 2003
Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup 2:46:183 Netherlands Duncan Huisman Volkswagen Scirocco R 2013[7]
Interport race[8] 2:48.216 Macau Alvaro Mourato Honda Integra DC5 2010
CTM Cup (Super 1600) 2:46.990 Hong Kong Paul Poon Peugeot RCZ 2015[9]
Chinese Cup[10] 2:58.203 China David Zhu Senova D70 2016[11]

Appearances in video games[edit]

Simulation / Video Game Year Configuration
1967
Race - The Official WTCC Game 2006 Yes
Race 07 2007 Yes
Project Gotham Racing 4 2007  ?
Race Pro 2009 Yes
TT Superbikes Real Road Racing 2005 PS2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fernando Macedo Pinto, one of the founders of the Macau Grand Prix" (in Portuguese). Blog Macau Antigo. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  2. ^ After moving the start line back
  3. ^ "Suncity Group Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix – FIA F3 Macau Grand Prix – Provisional Classification" (PDF). Macau Grand Prix. Macau Grand Prix Committee. 22 November 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "SJM Macau GT Cup – FIA GT World Cup – Qualification Race – Final Classification" (PDF). Macau Grand Prix. Macau Grand Prix Committee. 19 November 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  5. ^ http://content.grandprix.gov.mo/uploads/result/e1edb8f06736009fba0d6aa5a479e5f3e0c918e2.pdf
  6. ^ Officially known as CTM Cup
  7. ^ http://content.grandprix.gov.mo/uploads/result/539a6d0f6a0fe61f9b215228f00c2ca5fdeac793.pdf
  8. ^ For Macanese and Hong Kong professional drivers, previously two separate races each different nationalities, replaced by Chinese Cup.
  9. ^ "CTM Macau Touring Car Cup – Race – Official Classification" (PDF). Macau Grand Prix. Macau Grand Prix Committee. 22 November 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  10. ^ One-make race for Senova D70s.
  11. ^ "Suncity Group Chinese Racing Cup – Race – Final Classification" (PDF). Macau Grand Prix. Macau Grand Prix Committee. 19 November 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 

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Coordinates: 22°11′50″N 113°33′3″E / 22.19722°N 113.55083°E / 22.19722; 113.55083