Meanwhile, in the other SAR ... Andre Couto's dream of becoming a professional race car driver started on Macau's go-kart track when he was only 12 years old. It was by accident that he discovered the sport as he was being punished for poor school grades and told that he wasn't allowed back to Portugal for the summer holidays. Couto participated in a government sports event and go-karting was one of the activities. Before the final, he asked his father whether he would buy a go-kart for him if he won the race. After drawing second last on the grid, his father, Carlos, agreed. Couto won and his go-karting career began. Fast forward 18 years and Couto is taking part in the World Touring Car Championship race at the Macau Grand Prix later this month. Couto lives in Macau, but spends much of his time in Japan, where he races for Toyota Team Sard in the Super GT Series. 'I think if you have a dream and you are dedicated then you can aim really high,' he says. 'Many good drivers have come from Macau. The younger people see what we do and try it themselves. It takes great discipline, but it's also a lot of fun.' Couto became the first local to win the Macau Formula Three Grand Prix in 2000. The following week, he finished sixth at the South Korea circuit. He describes the Macau's street circuit as the best in the world. 'There is a lot of pressure for me racing in Macau, but and I just really love to race here,' he says. 'The people of Macau know that I am from here and they really want me to win.' The Macau Grand Prix will be held from November 15 to 18.