History will be made this November as the 50th running of the Macau Grand Prix sees to a modern Formula One car take to the legendary Guia street circuit for the first time ever.

A Jordan-Ford EJ13 will be demonstrated around the 6.2km track in front of thousands of spectators by 1996 Macau F3 Grand Prix winner Ralph Firman on both 15-16 November, the race organisers have confirmed.

The demonstration will form part of a major celebration of the 50th Macau Grand Prix, and also be a fitting tribute to Teddy Yip, who passed away, at the age of 90, in July. The legendary Ayrton Senna took victory in Macau's first F3 race in 1983 with Yip's fabled Theodore Racing Team, and his contribution to the event over the years is incalculable.

"Like thousands of motorsport fans in the region, we are looking forward to celebrating the golden jubilee of the Grand Prix and the spectacle of a modern Formula One car on the streets of Macau," commented Macau Grand Prix Committee co-ordinator Jo?o Manuel Costa Antunes, "The demonstration will add to the tremendous event we have planned for this year, and be a celebration of all the extraordinary achievements of Teddy Yip, who contributed so much to the event."

To mark half a century of world-class motorsport in the enclave, the Macau Grand Prix will this year be held over two weekends. The first - 8-9 November - will highlight the historical aspect of the event, while the second - 13-16 November - will see the annual FIA Intercontinental Cup for F3, the Guia Race for touring cars and the Macau Motor Cycle Grand Prix. Both weekends include a host of four and two-wheel support races, making up a packed race programme.

To commemorate the jubilee, Macau has also organised a month-long celebration that includes not only major sporting events, but also cultural and gastronomic happenings designed to lure visitors from across the globe.

 

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