Sweden's Rickard Rydell can't get enough of Macau even though he has had six forays in the Formula 3 race as a former champion and was competing in his first touring race on the twisting 6.2-kilometre Guia circuit. He likes the circuit so much that he has promised to return again and he will get a chance to do that when Macau becomes a round in the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Championship next year. Local motor racing with longer memories will remember him as a fresh-faced youngster who first raced in Macau in 1988. Apart from his Formula 3 win in 1992, he achieved fame when he received a last-minute sponsorship from a tobacco company after grabbing pole position in 1989. Rydell finished third in the Guia race in a Seat Toledo Cupra and was delighted to have finished on the podium again in one of his favourite hunting grounds. 'I am very pleased with third place. It's really nice to be here and I enjoyed my time here when I was in Formula 3 and I am very happy Macau will be part of the World Touring Car Championship next year. So I will be coming here for a few more years. I am looking forward to it,' said the 37-year-old Swede, who races for SEAT Sport. He qualified fourth in the 1988 Macau Grand Prix, sat on pole the following year but crashed out and got pole again in 1991 before finally winning in 1992. He competed in the Far East Classic again in 1993 when he clocked the fastest lap time. 'I know the track very well. The place is special to me because I have done a lot of races here. This was the first time for me in a touring car. This is my seventh visit.' Rydell revealed that he had suffered a collapsed lung in 1993 - an injury which forced him to compete in touring cars racing rather than single-seat machines. 'My goal was to be in Formula 1 like all the other racing drivers. But in 1993 I had the lung collapse. It was just spontaneous collapse. It happened in Japan in Sendai while playing squash. The following year, I was supposed to have competed in Formula 3000 in Japan but I decided against it. 'I got an offer to do touring cars in England and I thought Japan was not for me because it was hard with all the travel. I decided to go to England and do touring cars. If I didn't have a collapsed lung, I would probably stayed in Japan and done Formula 3000,' he said. Rydell competed in several rounds of the European Touring Cars [Championships] this year, winning one race. 'We were not competitive in the beginning, but we got better and better. I think next year, we are in the position to finish on the podium,' he said.