In Macao ... the 400 year old Portuguese colony on the southern coast of China?
In Macao ... the 400 year old Portuguese colony on the southern coast of China ... there's a new Formula Atlantic Grand Prix champion. Geoff Lees ... one of Britain's better motor racing prospects ... comfortably held-off Italian Ricardo Patrese - who's won the race for the last two seasons. Third place went to another European ... Huub rothengatter from the Netherlands.
SYNOPSIS: From the start of the race ... the street circuit covering nearly four miles (6.12 km) took a heavy toll on the formula Atlantic cars. The Americans and Australians were early casualties.
First lap leader American Kevin Cogan was forced into the pits with mechanical trouble three times. It meant that after recording second fastest time in practice, Cogan didn't feature even among the first six in the final. Only eight of the 20 starters finished.
Ricardo Patrese ... held the lead for three laps before North american Tom Gloy passed him in a Ralt. However, Gloy's race ended with a punctured tyre.
All the while Geoff Lees was making ground.
British Formula One champion Rupert Keegan was another casualty - forced out on the 25th lap.
And it was while Tom Gloy ran into problems nine laps from the end that Geoff Lees slipped passed Ricardo Patrese. Once in front ... Lees stayed there - finishing 10 seconds ahead of the Italian.
Lees' time was one hour, 35 minutes - 56-point-four-eight seconds. But celebrations were overshadowed by the death of local driver Tung Chun Fai ... killed in a crash during the supporting race.