Macau is A More Challenging Track Than the Nürburgring Nordschlife

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If you disagree, you’re wrong.

Yes, the Nordschlife is much, much longer. However, it’s like driving on a Tilke-drome compared to Macau.


If you’ve never heard of the Guia Circuit, here’s a little introduction. 6.2 kilometers of road, at it’s narrowest point, it’s officially only 7 meters wide(I personally believe it’s actually much narrower at points). 19 turns...officially. If you count every bend you make it comes closer to 30.

Here’s a hotlap, courtesy of Rob Huff in his Chevrolet Cruze during the 2012 edition of the FIA WTCC’s trip to Macau.

As you can see, one mistake and you’re in the wall. That mistake could happen two corners before your accident, but it will happen. Whether you’re in something as lowly as a scooter(yes, they race scooters at the Macau GP), a TC1 car in the WTCC(who stupidly dropped their Macanese finale for Qatar this year...idiotic), an FIA GT3-spec car, all the way up to the premier race of the weekend...the Formula 3 cars.


Macau, much like the Nordschlife, hasn’t changed the layout of the track since it’s first race in 1954. Have the cars and bikes outgrown it? Absolutely. Is it still incredible to watch a car run nearly the perfect lap in anger through all 6.2 kilometers? You bet your ass it is.

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