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F4 Racing: Macao’s very own Leong takes Grand Prix honours
The SJM Formula 4 Macau Grand Prix, the racing event’s premier event, saw local driverCharles Leong Hon Chio successfully defend his MGP championship title.
Macao racing driver Charles Leong Hon Chio made history at the 68th Macao Grand Prix by successfully defending his title won at last year’s event. He became the first Macao driver to win the championship for the second time.
The annual Macau Grand Prix went ahead successfully, despite Covid-19 and related travel restrictions, running from 19 to 21 November. Macao Sports Bureau President Pun Weng Kun said that this year’s three-day event – costing MOP 170 million (US$21.3 million) and receiving MOP 33 million (US$4.1 million) in sponsorship revenue – drew 56,000 spectators, more than attended in 2020.
Pun noted that besides Formula 1 races, only a few international Grand Prix events went ahead this year. Macao hosted two Grand Prix races during the two-year pandemic period, which was highly appreciated by the motor-racing community. However, this year only drivers from Macao, mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan took part.
The main race of the 68th MGP, the SJM Formula 4 Macau Grand Prix, was a China Formula 4 Championship instead of the more traditional FIA 1 Formula 3 event.