THE mechanics for hot-shot Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa were working feverishly last night to repair damage sustained on his Dallara Toms following a spectacular crash on the first day of qualifying at the 42nd Macau Grand Prix yesterday. De la Rosa, one of the favourites for the blue riband race on Sunday after a record-breaking win in the Japan Formula Three Championship, walked away from a crash at Faraway Hill unscathed after a helter-skelter affair which left his Dallara with heavy damage to all four corners. The 24-year-old Spaniard swerved into the left-hand corner after breaking late and got shunted by England's Jamie Davies. De la Rosa immediately leapt out of his seat and jumped over an armco - and to safety - but more damage was done when Arnd Meier rammed de la Rosa's car from behind within seconds of the first crash. Meier continued the practice, as did Davies, while de la Rosa's car was towed away for emergency repairs. De la Rosa, who broke Michael Krumm's record by winning eight out of nine races in the Japan Formula Three Championship, was shaken by the experience. 'It's my own fault. I was breaking too late when I came into the left-hand corner the first time. The first crash wasn't too bad but the second was a lot worse. When I saw Meier coming in, I was worried for him because the crash was unavoidable,' he said. But de la Rosa, who finished 12th fastest, said: 'The damage is repairable though. The monocoque [cockpit] is okay and I'm pretty certain we'll be back on the grid for tomorrow's practice.' Argentine ace Norberto Fontana showed his rivals that he meant business by posting the fastest time in his Dallara San Miguel Dark. German Formula Three champion Fontana roared around the 6.1-kilometre Guia circuit in two minutes, 20.528 seconds to set the fastest lap in yesterday's first day of qualifying. Fontana was 0.416 seconds quicker than Italian ace Massimiliano Angelelli. Defending champion Sascha Maasen of Germany showed that he wasn't going to surrender his title easily with a third-fastest time, 0.422 seconds behind Fontana. Briton Kelvin Burt stamped his authority on the Bojue Guia race by posting the fastest time in yesterday's first qualifying session. Burt showed that he had no problems making the transition from competing in F3 race last year as he clocked 2:32.942. Defending champion Joachim Winkelhock was second fastest, 0.614 seconds slower, while Steve Souper was third fastest. Meanwhile, Ulsterman Philip McCallen, competing for the seventh time in Macau, looks poised for his first victory after snatching provisional pole position for the 29th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix. McCallen, who finished third last year, was almost a second quicker than England's Lee Pullan on his Harris Yamama. Swiss rider Andreas Hofmann was third fastest.