After making his debut in the hotly contested FIA Formula 3 European Championship earlier this year, Double R Racing’s Matthew Solomon closed out his season in the perfect way, joining the field for the 62nd Macau Grand Prix, the highlight event for the world’s future stars, just an hour away from his Hong Kong home.
It was always likely to present a significant challenge, such is the nature of the 6.12-kilometre Macau street circuit with its narrow streets, tight corners and high speed straights, but Solomon was ready, and despite some significant setbacks during practice – which included brake failure – the teenager finished both races, and was one of few to make gains on a track that is notoriously difficult to overtake on.
Macau Grand Prix 2015“The mechanical issues we had over the weekend really, hindered us and set us back quite a long way, especially in qualifying two where I was beginning to pick up the pace,” said Matthew. “Looking at the way things were going, we could have been inside the top 15, but having brake issues which is very scary – more so at Macau – put us way back. The same thing in the qualifying race – I had a bit of contact at the first corner, but after that, to have more brake issues was really tough, but it was an amazing experience, definitely a dream come true – I can finally tick the box and say that I’ve finished the Macau Grand Prix, so I’m very happy with that.
“I’d love to take this opportunity too, to thank everyone that came across to support me in Macau, and to all the people that have had my back since we started out on the project, I can’t thank you enough – especially my family.”
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