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Britain's Mike Conway wins Macau Grand Prix

AP , MACAU

Britain's Mike Conway surged from a seventh-place start to win an incident-filled 53rd Macau Grand Prix yesterday after a mishap on the first lap sent the three front-runners out of contention.

American Richard Antinucci made an impressive comeback from a ninth place start to finish second, while Adrian Sutil of Germany came third.

Marko Asmer of Estonia edged past pole sitter Kamui Kobayashi of Japan just seconds after the start, but overshot into an escape area at the first sharp bend of the race, forcing a collision that held back the two leaders and sent Briton Paul Di Resta's car spinning.

Asmer returned to the track to finish in 13th place and Kobayashi came 19th. Di Resta crashed again later and didn't finish.

After the safety made an appearance on the fourth lap, Conway, driving a Dallara Mercedes-HWA, held on to his lead for the rest of the race to take the title with a time of 39 minutes and 35.404 seconds.

Antinucci, also in a Dallara Mercedes-HWA, climbed close to the leaders halfway into the race, reaching fourth place entering the eighth lap behind Conway, Japan's Kohei Hirate and Sutil, who passed Nakajima in the previous lap. The American then passed Sutil on the ninth lap.

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