Video: The Teddy Yip Race of Champions

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Teddy Yip Race of Champions

Over the years Macau has brought some of the best Formula 3 drivers from Britain, Europe and Japan together for a winner-takes-all scrap on one of the hardest street tracks on the planet – conquer it and you are given ultimate bragging rights.

But while it regularly pits aspiring racers against one another, it has, on one occasion, tempted a group of drivers from higher up the motorsport ladder into tackling this most challenging of circuits… in Mazda MX-5s.

Yes, thanks to Teddy Yip – the man who helped put Macau firmly on the international motorsport map – some of the most legendary names in the sport came together to contest the Race of Champions support race that was staged as part of the 1989 Macau Grand Prix.

The 16-strong field included two former F1 world champions – Alan Jones and Denny Hulme – alongside other noteworthy names, such as Roy Salvadori and Al and Bobby Unser, all competing in identical Mazda MX-5 Miatas.

The race also marked the first competitive outing for the MX5 and, rather ironically, it was Toyota Group C driver Geoff Lees who took the win, narrowly beating Andy Rouse.

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