MA­CAU STREAK

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Re­sults: 2002 (For­mula Asia, 1st), 2003 (F3, 10th), 2004 (F3, 12th), 2005 (F3 DNF), 2006 (Porsche Cup 1st), 2007 (Porsche Cup 5th), 2008 (GT Cup 2nd), 2009 (GT Cup 3rd), 2010 (GT Cup 3rd), 2011 (GT Cup 3rd), 2012 (GT Cup 3rd), 2013 (GT Cup 2nd), 2014 (GT Cup 19th) “One of my proud­est things is also hav­ing raced at Ma­cau for 13 suc­ces­sive sea­sons from 2002 through to 2014 in var­i­ous dif­fer­ent for­mu­las,” says Watts.

“I’ll al­ways re­mem­ber my de­but. I was pre­par­ing for F3 the fol­low­ing year so I went out and did the For­mula Asia 2000 race in 2002. We didn’t have sim­u­la­tors then so I re­mem­ber stay­ing up un­til 0200hrs and then pay­ing a cab­bie to drive me around when the streets were quiet so I could learn the track. Then I went out and crashed on my sec­ond lap of prac­tice! I went on to win the race that week­end and then did the F3 event three times, fin­ish­ing 10th with Alan Dock­ing Rac­ing in 2003.

“I’ve also raced in the Porsche Car­rera Cup Asia, win­ning in 2006 and also win­ning on the road in 2007 be­fore a post-race time penalty dropped me to fifth. I’ve also done the GT Cup race and fin­ished on the podium for six suc­ces­sive years.

“I just love Ma­cau, it’s such a unique chal­lenge. At tracks like Sil­ver­stone and Monza you have loads of run-off, but at Ma­cau it’s all about pre­ci­sion and brav­ery. If you run wide, you’re in the wall and that’s it. The lap has ev­ery­thing, sec­tor one is high speed and flow­ing, and then sec­tor two has The Moun­tain, which is a hugely tech­ni­cal part of track. There are cam­ber changes and blind apexes and all sorts of tricks to be­ing quick at Ma­cau, and it takes time to learn them all. In my mind it’s the best race cir­cuit in the world.”

Pho­tos: LAT, Jakob Ebrey, Danny Watts’ iphone

Watts (left) had al­most eight great years with Strakka’s Nick Leven­tis and Jonny Kane

Watts on his way to first win

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