Saturday , July 24 2021

Motorcycle racing – FIA promises an investigation into the Macau air accident

HONG KONG: International motorsport chief Jean Todt has promised the governing FIA will investigate the horrific air crash on Sunday at the Macau Formula Three Grand Prix which left 17-year-old German driver Sophia Floersch with a spinal fracture.

Floersch was thrown from the track to the photographer's bunker after crashing into the back of a car and driving over another car while traveling at speeds of more than 275 kilometers per hour (171 mph) on a tight road circuit.

The teenager realized when he was taken to a hospital in the former Portuguese colony from where he tweeted that he was "fine" and would undergo surgery on Monday.

"After today's serious incident in Macau, the FIA ​​was mobilized to help those involved and analyze what happened," said president of the International Motorsport Federation (FIA) Todt.

"We will monitor the situation and make the necessary conclusions."

Japanese driver Sho Tsuboi, who Floersch hit after the initial impact, was also taken to hospital complaining of back pain but the Macau Grand Prix Committee said in a statement saying he had left after treatment.

Chief Medical Officer of the Macau Grand Prix, Dr. Chan Wai Sin, said two photographers and one track marshal were also injured in the accident and taken to hospital for treatment.

Crashes often occur at the Macau Grand Prix, which this year, in its 65th edition, holds six car and motorcycle races at 6.2 km of Guia Circuit around the islands.

Last year, British motorbike rider Daniel Hegarty died after crashing into a security barrier during the race, the eighth driver had lost his life on the circuit since 1973.

Three motorists were taken to hospital after an accident on the circuit this week with England Andrew Dudgeon needed a metal rod to be inserted into his spine after an accident in training.

Dudgeon is from Britain & # 39; s Isle of Man where 270 motorcyclists have been killed in competition on the TT island circuit for the past 120 years.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney in Sydney; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

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