Once a year, the streets of Macau become a Grand Prix circuit. German rider, Didier Grams recorded this exciting footage from the Macau Grand Prix 2013 with a gyrocam on his BMW S 1000 RR superbike. He’s competing in the 47th edition of the Star River – Windsor Arch Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix. It’s considered to be one of the more technically demanding and challenging circuits in the world. One look at the video and you’ll see why.
Hat tip to Jen Horsey.
The Macau Grand Prix is a motor-racing event held annually in Macau, one of China‘s Special Administrative Regions. It is known for being the only street circuit racing event in which both car and motorcycle races are held. Every year in November hundreds of racing drivers and riders compete in different categories of motor-racing, including single-seaters, touring cars and motorbikes.
One of the highlights of the race weekend is the Macau Formula Three Grand Prix, which features many national Formula 3 champions and drivers around the world. Due to the challenging nature of the circuit, which consists of fast straights (a Formula Three car can reach a top speed of 275 km/h (171 mph) at the end of this stretch), tight corners and uncompromising crash barriers, the Macau Grand Prix is famously known as one of the most demanding circuits in the world. Many current or former Formula One drivers have participated in the event early in their careers and some of them have won the prestigious prize. Famous winners include Riccardo Patrese, Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard, Ralf Schumacher and Takuma Sato.
Since 2005, the double-header Guia Race of Macau, which traditionally features touring cars from world-renowned car manufacturers, has officially become the final two races of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).