THE Toyota Toms Racing Team may find themselves in the unprecedented position of fielding a two-car challenge for the Macau Formula Three Grand Prix featuring two reigning national champions. Already confirmed for the Sunday, November 19 race in the Portuguese enclave is Spaniard Pedro De La Rosa who at Sendai on the weekend completed a clean sweep of all eight rounds of the Japanese F3 Championship. De La Rosa's unique feat has installed him a hot favourite to win in Macau in his Toms Toyota which this season has run a Dallara chassis with amazing success. The Toms team are also negotiating with British F3 Series competitor, Oliver Gavin, who is currently locked in a tense battle with Paul Stewart Racing Team's Ralph Firman for top honours. Gavin drew level with Firman at the weekend on 172 points with one race to come in the series at Thruxton on Sunday. To add further spice to the series, Gavin is also involved in an appeal against an earlier race ruling which could give him additional points. Whatever the outcome, he is well placed to become British champion in a country whose series have traditionally produced the top drivers in the class who over the years have included Ayrton Senna, David Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen. Gavin's Edenbridge Team are stepping up to Formula 3000 next year and didn't include an end-of-season trip to Macau in their budget. Surrey-based Motor Race Consultants director Barry Bland, who arranges the entries for the Macau F3 race, said Gavin's car which runs a Vauxhall engine was also required for display in a motorshow at the same time as Macau GP. Edenbridge are currently looking for a buyer for their F3 operation but still want to retain an interest in the operation. Their decision not to do the Macau race has potentially left a British champion without a drive in Macau, the grand final of F3 world-wide. A Toms spokesman said that Gavin had been in contact with officials in Japan hoping to get the second drive with the team. Word has it that Toms are keen to sign the Briton for Macau and have also discussed the possibility of him joining the team full-time next season. Toms are expected to confirm Gavin as their second driver within days because the Briton is unusually tall for a single-seater driver and major modifications will need to be done to the Toms Toyota cockpit to accommodate the driver. Firman is already confirmed for Macau and will race under the San Miguel colours for PSR along with a second driver still to be named. It is likely Firman's PSR teammate Helio Castro Neves will get the drive. He is still in with a shout of winning the British championship, trailing Firman and Gavin by only nine points. Bland said he had heard that Toms were interested in signing Gavin as their second driver. 'If the deal goes through and Gavin wins the British series it will be, to my knowledge, the first time an F3 team has raced two national champions in the same year,' Bland said. Meanwhile, there were anxious moments for Filipino driver Rolando Abadillo yesterday who has entered a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution I in the 555 Hong Kong to Beijing Rally which begins at Stonecutters Island tomorrow with a super special stage before heading over the border into mainland China in the afternoon. Abadillo's car failed to make yesterday's scrutineering at the Osbourne Army Barracks in Kowloon Tong because the car was late arriving by ship in Hong Kong. But rally officials gave an anxious Abadillo a reprieve, his car will be scrutineered this morning along with two other cars which had a number of minor defects. All 49 entries are expected to line up for the 3,800-kilometre rally which ends in the Chinese capital next Friday.