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Macau victory lift for Sato
Herald Sun (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia). (Nov. 19, 2001): Sports: p040. From Infotrac Newsstand.
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FORMULA One newboy Takuma Sato, who will drive for British team Jordan in the world championship next season, ended his Formula Three career in winning fashion clinching the Macau Grand Prix in China.

``I am really so happy with this victory,'' said the Japanese star, whose British Formula Three championship win this year was enough to convince Jordan boss Eddie Jordan he could make an impact in Formula One.

``This was something I wanted very much to achieve and now I have done it -- it was one of my biggest challenges so far and I am so pleased to have succeeded.''

The 24-year-old led the 15-lap race from start to finish to bury the disappointment of last year when he crashed out on the first lap.

The Japanese racer fought off the challenge of second placed Frenchman Benoit Treluyer to finish five seconds clear.

In the first qualifying race of the day, Sato had started from second spot but was overtaken by two cars before an accident led to a restart.

On the restart, two other large accidents caused the safety car to be deployed twice for a total of six laps with Sato in the lead.

He made perfect rolling starts on both occasions.

Mark Webber spoke today about his prospects for next year. The Australian is currently contracted to Renault, but is not likely to be testing next year.

He is hoping to take the race seat at Minardi which was vacated by Fernando Alonso when the Spaniard was signed to test for Renault in 2002.

``Paul (Stoddart) is a man who has great ambitions, he is hungry to take the team forward and I hope that I can be a part of it next year with me hopefully driving at Minardi,'' the Australian told Eurosport

When Stoddart spoke to last week he was non-committal.

``Obviously with Mark, he is a driver that is well-known to us and is undisputedly talented,'' Stoddart stated. ``But we will see.''

``But what's going to sway me for next year is to get the best driver that I feel I can get, and if he has money that will be a bonus.''

Source Citation   (MLA 8th Edition)
"Macau victory lift for Sato." Herald Sun [Melbourne, Victoria, Australia], 19 Nov. 2001, p. 040. Infotrac Newsstand, Accessed 24 June 2019.

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