Date
15 December 2018
The car (in red circle) driven by 17-year-old German racer Sophia Floersch became airborne and flew over a barrier after ramming into another vehicle during Lap Four of the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix. Photo: Facebook
The car (in red circle) driven by 17-year-old German racer Sophia Floersch became airborne and flew over a barrier after ramming into another vehicle during Lap Four of the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix. Photo: Facebook

German teen racer, 4 others injured in Macau Grand Prix crash

The Macau Grand Prix Formula 3 race on Sunday witnessed a terrible accident that caused spinal fracture to a young female driver and also left four others injured.

Spectators reacted in horror as they saw a race car suffer an airborne crash during one of the bends on the circuit, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Sophia Floersch, a 17-year-old female racer from Germany, apparently lost control of her vehicle before ramming into a car in front and flying over a barrier during Lap Four of the FIA F3 World Cup. 

Floersch was reportedly cruising at speed of as much as 276 km/h when the horrifying crash took place.

The race was temporarily suspended for an hour on Lap Four as a result.

Floersch, who was in a conscious state, was taken to a nearby hospital immediately after the accident. She was diagnosed with a fractured spine but her vital signs were stable.

Sho Tsuboi, the driver of the car Floersch vaulted over, was also sent to hospital.

As her car ended up in an area populated with marshals and photographers, two photographers suffered injuries after being hit. One of the persons had liver laceration, while the other suffered concussion.

Meanwhile, a third person — a marshal — was also injured, ending up with a broken jaw among other issues.

None of the five who were taken to the hospital was in life-threatening condition.

British driver Dan Ticktum won Sunday’s race for the second year in a row after the dramatic crash, RTHK reported.

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