Ivan Lintin and the RC Express Racing team were back in action this week with the Bardney rider making his debut at the Macau Grand Prix and it proved to be a more than positive outcome as he took a strong 18th in Saturday’s ultra-competitive race.
Thursday morning’s free practice session was the first time Ivan had seen the 3.8-mile circuit and, adopting a sensible and mature approach, he gently eased his way into the event with a lap of 2m 42.430s for the 26th fastest time.
The afternoon saw the first qualifying session around the daunting, Armco-lined circuit and it was run in two halves after fellow newcomer Russ Mountford crashed heavily. Although he slipped back to 27th fastest, Ivan lapped four seconds quicker than in the morning and this was again the case in Friday’s final qualifying session and with a best lap of 2m 35.867s, Ivan qualified in 25th overall.
As the 12-lap race got underway, a good start immediately saw Ivan advance forward. This set the trend for the entire race and, showing his aptitude and how well he was learning the course, he shaved almost three seconds off his lap times to record a new personal best of 2m 33.190s.
He continued to climb the leaderboard and was ultimately rewarded with 18th place at the chequered flag, the second Macau debutant to finish.
Ivan said: “I’m really happy with how the week progressed and I got faster with every session I went out, continually knocking seconds off my lap times. Although 18th wasn’t what I was hoping for, the pace was incredibly quick this year, but I chipped away and can be satisfied with my debut.
“After what happened to Tom and Russ in qualifying, I wanted to have a good safe run and head into 2016 in a good position, with my aim now to come back to Macau next year with a lot more knowledge.”