Published: Sun, November 18, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Horrifying crash at Macau Grand Prix as driver goes flying

Horrifying crash at Macau Grand Prix as driver goes flying

German driver Sophia Floersch has suffered a spinal fracture after a horror crash at 171.6mph in a Formula 3 race in Macau.

The incident occurred on a right-hand turn when German teenager Floersch collided with Sho Tsuboi, sending her Van Amersfoort Racing auto airborne directly into a barrier before colliding with a trackside area reserved for photographers.

This is the 65th Macau Grand Prix, a street circuit known to be challenging because of its high-speed straights and tight corners.

The 17-year-old German racer has reportedly sustained a spinal fracture after hitting Sho Tsuboi's TOM vehicle at the Lisboa Bend.

A statement from her team, Van Amersfoort Racing, said Florsch was conscious and in a stable condition.

Both drivers, two photographers and a marshal were taken to Conde S. Januário hospital with all reported to be conscious.

"I am fine but will be going into surgery tomorrow morning", the 17-year-old German tweeted. "Further updates will be provided as soon as possible".

A marshall named as Chan Cha In is said to have suffered a laceration of the face, abrasion of his upper abdomen and a fractured jaw.

"I hope everybody's OK after this crash, I wish them the best recovery", said European champion Mick Schumacher, the son of stricken F1 legend Michael, according to the Post.

British rider Daniel Hegarty died past year after hitting a barrier at Fishermen's Bend during the Macau Grand Prix's feature motorcycle race.

Once it was restarted, the race was eventually won by Red Bull junior driver Dan Tickum after a total of eight drivers failed to finish due to various accidents, but it was Floersch's which was the most significant. Four others were also injured.

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