The Macau Grand Prix, scheduled to be run at 15.30pm (7.30am UK time) on Saturday, has been postponed until Sunday because of rain.
The morning warm up had already been shifted until 13.40pm after heavy overnight rain had left the 3.8 mile Guia course soaking wet but the car races and a strong breeze had dried the tarmac all the way around by the original 15.30 scheduled start time.
As the machines formed up on the grid following the warm up lap spits of rain started to fall and after just one lap of race action the red flags came out to bring a halt to proceedings.
Michael Rutter, who is going for his eighth Macau win and who was leading the race on the opening lap, had signalled that it should be stopped.
‘It was raining much heavier on the top part of the course on the first lap than it was at the start and finish and it was dangerous braking going into Lisboa.’ he explained afterwards.
There is never any wet racing in Macau given the dangerous nature of the Armco-lined course.
It has been a difficult week for the Macau organisers as they have battled with a series of serious crashes and disrupted practice.
A minute’s silence was held today in memory of Portuguese rider Luis Carreira who died following a crash at Fisherman’s Bend during Thursday’s qualifying session.