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Revved up in Macau
The Weekend Australian (National, Australia). (Nov. 15, 2003): Sports: p048. From PowerSearch.
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* Motorsport

AUSTRALIAN drivers Ryan Briscoe and James Courtney qualified second and third fastest for tomorrow's 50th Macau Grand Prix.

Briscoe, 22, a member of the Toyota Formula One junior development squad, set a time of 2min 13.223sec around the daunting 6.12km Guia circuit.

He will start tomorrow's two-part race for Formula 3 cars from the front row of the grid, alongside Brazilian Fabio Carbone, who was 0.107sec faster.

``I was right on the edge for that lap and it's a fantastic result,'' said Briscoe, the 2003 European Formula 3 champion.

``Now I am looking to make a good start in the race because if I can get in front I think I could get away from the pack.''

Courtney was only 0.044sec slower than his countryman and will start the race from the second row of the grid in his Toyota-powered Dallara.

The 23-year-old from Drummoyne, in Sydney, had been the pacesetter in each of the previous practice sessions and was disappointed with his final qualifying position.

``The car has been going very well here, but this afternoon we could not show our full pace,'' Courtney said.

``The team changed the gear ratios before final qualifying and it was not as good.''

``We've shown how fast we are, though, so if I make a good start in the race and get in front I think we can pull away.''

Previous winners of the Macau GP include Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher.

Source Citation   (MLA 8th Edition)
"Revved up in Macau." Weekend Australian [National, Australia], 15 Nov. 2003, p. 048. Gale Power Search, Accessed 21 Nov. 2018.

Gale Document Number: GALE|A110135436