Cassidy delighted with podium finish

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Nick Cassidy said he drove the ‘race of my life’ after finishing third in Macau in the prestigious Suncity Group Formula 3 Grand Prix.

Driving a Dallara-NBE for the Brackley-based Threebond by T-Sport team, Cassidy only just lost out on second place in the dying stages of the Chinese race.

The Macau Grand Prix, F3’s jewel in the crown race, annually attracts a first class entry and this year was no exception with a massive field taking part comprising of the very best F3 racers.

Afterwards, Cassidy said: “This has been an amazing event for me. I would really like to thank the T-Sport guys for everything they have done for me. I am so happy to have finished on the podium here in Macau and I hope this result will help me land a good drive for 2015.”

Thornborough’s Danny Watts found the going tough after his McLaren MP4-12C was hampered by fuel issues.

His United Autosport-entered car suffered throughout the weekend as the standard pump fuel issued to GT competitors did not suit the McLaren’s turbocharged engine. At the end of a difficult weekend, and a 12-lap race, Watts finished 19th.

He said: “This is a great race meeting, my best of the year. This year on-track was very difficult as our car was not competitive. We normally have a great package here but the fuel problems meant that we lost all of our pace on the fast sections of the track.

“I gave it my best for the team, but sadly I just couldn’t get enough speed out of the car to be at the sharp end.”

Spike Goddard, a regular Formula 3 racer for T-Sport, will test a Grand Prix car on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi.

The Australian will join GP2 Series winner, Jolyon Palmer, in a test for the Sahara Force India team during the end-of-season Young Driver test following this weekend’s Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit.