Alex Dunne produced an extraordinary performance on his F3 and Macau Grand Prix debut to take second place in Saturday’s first race of two. Having started from sixth on the grid Dunne achieved the almost impossible, around the tight street circuit, by picking off four of his more experienced competitors to move from sixth on the grid through to challenge for the race win.
Saturday’s race saw Dunne make a brilliant first F3 race start to move up to fourth place on the run to the first tight corner, before he was then best on the brakes to take third place. Following a safety car period Dunne was again on the move at the restart and almost got by both lead cars on the opening lap before eventually slotting in to second place.
Once clear in second Alex initially put the race leader, Luke Browning, under pressure, but with the results of Saturday’s encounter deciding the grid for Sunday’s race, Alex settled for second and a front row start for his first appearance in the Macau Grand Prix.
The F3 rookie’s getaway in Sunday’s main race was not as good as Saturday’s and he found himself on the outside of a queue of cars heading into turn 1. With no gap in the traffic to get back in line, Alex ran out of room on the outside and his Macau debut ended in the barrier.
Despite his early retirement the Irish teenager could still leave Macau with his head held high as on one of the most daunting tracks in world motorsport he was easily the most impressive Macau and F3 rookie in the field.
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