The Asian debut
Anna Healy Fenton
'A McLaren in Macau? And I get to drive it? I am a lucky lad,' says Danny Watts.
The leading British sports car driver has raced plenty of cars on many racetracks since he started in go-karts at the age of 13,
He has competed in the annual Macau Grand Prix meeting 10 times.
Entrusted with the Asian debut of the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 racing car, he first drove it at the Silverstone track in England in early October.
Since then he had planned how to utilise the car's awesome capabilities around Macau's Guia street circuit.
In the run-up to the race, Watts said: 'The MP4-12C should give me the tools to do the job. Having driven the car at Silverstone, it feels sharp, responsive and agile - all the characteristics you need on a street circuit.
'Especially Macau, with its flat-out straights, off-camber curves, first-gear hairpin and more bumps and dips than you can imagine.
'The twin-turbo engine gives great top speed, which is critical on the charge down to Lisboa [Bend], where you need huge braking capabilities. That's another area where the McLaren excels.
'I found at Silverstone that the McLaren has great precision and accuracy, and the feedback from the steering is immense.
'That means all my corner speeds can be kept high - and that in turn really boosts confidence. It also brings a good lap time.
'It's an awesome experience, and to have the chance to compete there in a race-bred, hi-tech car like the McLaren is just mega.'