F3 crew display early speed

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 November, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 November, 1997, 12:00am

After two sinkings and an attempted ramming, the Formula Three dragon boat team emerged triumphant as the 44th Macau Grand Prix began with a nautical flavour on Nam Van Lake yesterday.

The dragon boat race brought together the F3 drivers against teams from the Guia Touring Car Race and the motorcycle GP.

To the embarrassment of all, the nine-strong Guia and motorcycle crews sunk before they even manned the oars.

The three crews were trimmed to seven oarsmen as the fleet assembled for a second attempt, but the bike riders took matters into their own hands and attempted to ram the Guia drivers.

Determined to get the edge at all costs, the bikers then jumped the start, forcing organisers to call a restart.

After all the hijinks, the lighter F3 combination took the chequered flag by a metre from the rough-and-tumble bikers with the Guia crew taking up the rear.