GB3 runner-up Dunne was the star of Saturday’s opening race, belying his lack of expertise in F3 equipment by preventing his method up from sixth on the grid to an eventual second behind Hitech team-mate Luke Browning.
That put Dunne alongside Browning on the front row of the grid for Sunday’s main event, however a poor launch noticed the Irishman slip behind Gabriele Mini as the sector rounded Mandarin.
Dunne was tucked into Mini’s slipstream for the run to Lisboa earlier than he ducked to the surface and appeared to misjudge his braking earlier than ploughing into the wall.
“I don’t actually know what occurred,” Dunne advised Autosport. “Gabriele defended the within, I had to enter the surface, after which he braked early and I needed to transfer to keep away from him.
“It felt like I braked comparatively early, I didn’t even lock up a wheel, however for no matter motive I couldn’t get the automobile stopped. It should have been one thing I did flawed, however I don’t know what precisely.
“The weekend went rather well as much as that time, but when I take into consideration how I’m feeling now, it doesn’t actually matter. No one remembers the primary race, it’s the primary race that counts.”
Whereas a lot of the Macau subject have been new to the streets of the Far Japanese metropolis, Dunne’s efficiency stood out owing to his lack of expertise in F3 equipment.
Picture by: Macau GP
Podium: Race winner Luke Browning, Hitech Pulse-Eight, second place Alex Dunne, Hitech Pulse-Eight, third place Gabriele Minì, SJM Theodore Prema Racing
The 18-year-old aspires to race full-time in FIA F3 subsequent season and hopes his Macau exhibiting may also help him assemble the mandatory funds.
“I solely did someday within the automobile earlier than this weekend, and I’d by no means pushed on a road monitor earlier than, so, performance-wise the weekend has been fairly good,” mentioned Dunne.
“As for the long run, I don’t know. Hopefully, some individuals have been blissful, and hopefully, it could assist me out a bit. It could be good [to race in FIA F3], however it’s all concerning the funds and what help we will get, so I don’t know but.
“Each weekend I attempt to present what I’m able to, and this weekend I bought to do this, so hopefully that may assist a little bit bit for subsequent yr.”