There was confusion earlier than the race even obtained going, with polesitter Edoardo Mortara misjudging the beginning of the formation lap.
The Audi driver took off behind the protection automotive, nonetheless the sector was but to be given the inexperienced gentle. After finishing a lonely lap of the Guia circuit, he returned to the entrance row of the grid solely to be advised he would want to begin from pitlane.
When the race lastly obtained going, there was extra drama within the type of a nasty first-corner crash. The preliminary contact was between Min Heng (Porsche), Adderly Fong (Audi) and 2021 occasion winner Darryl O’Younger (Mercedes), with Cheng Cong Fu (Audi) in the end caught up as effectively to trigger a crimson flag.
Following a prolonged delay, the race was restarted behind the protection automotive, Engel and stablemate Marciello sprinting away as soon as launched.
Their trigger was considerably helped by Ling Kang (Lamborghini), who began third and proved troublesome for the likes of Alex Imperatori (Porsche) and a recovering Mortara to get previous.
Whereas there was nothing between the 2 lead Mercedes on tempo throughout the race distance, monitor place proved important as Engel banked race one honours and pole for tomorrow’s Macau GT Cup.
The heated battle for third went all the way down to the chequered flag, Ling coming underneath assault from Imperatori, the recovering Mortara and Chen Wei An (Audi).
Three laps from residence Imperatori tried to squeeze previous at R Bend, solely to run barely vast. That opened the door for Components E ace Mortara to slide into fourth and take over the cost to get previous Ling.
Nevertheless, even the three-time earlier winner of the GT Cup race and double Macau Grand Prix winner could not discover a well beyond the Lamborghini, Ling holding on for a powerful third place forward of Mortara.
The primary race for the Macau GT Cup begins at 13:05 native time tomorrow.