Antonio Felix Da Costa of Carlin will take pole position for tomorrow’s Macau Grand Prix after winning today’s qualifying race.
The Portuguese surged into the lead at Lisboa corner and was never challenged throughout the 10-lap race, finishing 1.559 seconds ahead of Felix Rosenqvist (Mucke Motorsport), who had surged into the lead from fourth at the start.
“Today is all about bringing it home; tomorrow is the day that counts,” said Da Costa. “I pushed a bit on the first lap to get the lead and once I had it I just tried to move away a bit. We managed to get the pole and I’m happy.”
Rosenqvist said he would have tried to put Da Costa under more pressure had it been the actual race rather than qualification. “The start was really good. I got up from P4 to P1 but then Antonio took me down at Lisboa,” he said. “I didn’t really want to risk too much. I was pushing hard, tomorrow’s a new day and we’re in a good position to fight for the win. We’ve got every opportunity.”
Alex Lynn (Fortec), who started the race in pole, finished third, with Carlos Sainz (Carlin), last year’s winner Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam) and Harry Tincknell (Fortec) completing the first three rows.
Debutant Lynn, 19, had made a sensational effort to start the race on pole, but a problem with his clutch held him back at the start.
“I had a really good race and I really enjoyed it,” said the Englishman. “I came away with the result I wanted and I’m in contention to fight for the win. That’s everybody’s aim and I’ve managed to do that. Starting behind these guys, they’re going to be really quick, but I’m going to do my best to compete and try to beat them.”