17-year-old driver Sophia Floersch suffers fractured backbone in Macau Grand Prix horror crash; 4 extra individuals hospitalised


Hong Kong: A 17-year-old feminine teenage driver suffered a fractured backbone when her automobile flew off the observe in a horrifying crash on the Method Three Macau Grand Prix on Sunday.

File picture of Sophia Floersch. Twitter@SophiaFloersch

Van Amersfoort Racing’s Sophia Floersch was acutely aware and secure after the smash when her automobile turned airborne and hurtled right into a marshals and photographers’ space. Japanese driver Sho Tsuboi, two photographers and a marshal have been additionally taken to the hospital.

“All have been acutely aware throughout transit to the hospital and are actually receiving medical remedy. Additional updates can be supplied as quickly as potential,” stated the Macau Grand Prix Organising Committee in a press release cited by a number of sources, together with the South China Morning Submit and shared on Twitter by Italy’s Prema Powerteam.

Dramatic footage captured gasps from the group as Floersch’s machine flew by the air and into security netting on the Guia Circuit’s Lisboa bend, a pointy right-hander. The German teenager, operating 16th, misplaced management in a contact down the straight, launched off a kerb and bounced off Tsuboi’s TOM’s Racing automobile. Van Amersfoort Racing tweeted a medical report saying Floersch was admitted to the emergency room of a Macau hospital with a spinal fracture and very important indicators secure. The marshal suffered a damaged jaw, whereas one other sufferer had belly ache from a lacerated liver, in accordance with medical studies by the Macau Grand Prix despatched to AFP.

“I hope all people’s OK after this crash, I want them the very best restoration,” stated European champion Mick Schumacher, the son of stricken F1 legend Michael, in accordance with the Submit. Nineteen-year-old Briton Dan Ticktum of Pink Bull Junior Group gained the race on the fabled Macau avenue circuit, which has been graced by F1 greats reminiscent of Schumacher senior and Ayrton Senna.

At the very least three individuals have died on the Macau Grand Prix circuit. British rider Daniel Hegarty died final yr after hitting a barrier at Fishermen’s Bend in the course of the Macau Grand Prix’s function bike race.

The Macau Grand Prix additionally suffered two deaths in 2012 when Portugal’s Luis Carreira and Hong Kong’s Phillip Yau have been killed inside two days of one another.


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