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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

Teen driver Sophia Floersch in hours-long surgery after Macau GP horror crash

German racer Sophia Floersch hurtled into marshals and photographers after flying off the track on Sunday

Race personnel and pit crew are seen at the accident site after Sophia Floersch'sf Van Amersfoort Racing car flew over the barriers and crashed into a photographers' bunker at high speed at the Formula Three Macau Grand Prix on Sunday. Reuters
Race personnel and pit crew are seen at the accident site after Sophia Floersch'sf Van Amersfoort Racing car flew over the barriers and crashed into a photographers' bunker at high speed at the Formula Three Macau Grand Prix on Sunday. Reuters

A 17-year-old female driver spent at least seven hours in surgery Monday, after fracturing her spine in a horrifying crash at the Formula Three Macau Grand Prix.

The German racer Sophia Floersch hurtled into marshals and photographers after flying off the track on Sunday.

"She was admitted for surgery at 10am [2am GMT] and it is still ongoing," a press spokesman for Macau's health authority told AFP late on Monday afternoon.

Dramatic footage captured gasps from the crowd as the Van Amersfoort Racing driver's car flew through the air in and into safety netting at the Guia Circuit's Lisboa bend, a sharp right-hander.

Running 16th, she lost control in a contact down the straight, launched off a kerb and bounced off Tsuboi's TOM's Racing car.

A medical report said Floersch was admitted to the emergency room of a Macau hospital with a spinal fracture in a stable condition.

Floersch later reassured her fans on Twitter Sunday evening.

"Just wanted to let everybody know that I am fine but will be going into surgery tomorrow morning," she said. "Thanks to everybody for the supporting messages."

Japanese driver Sho Tsuboi, two photographers and a marshal were also taken to hospital for treatment.

The marshal suffered a broken jaw, while another victim had abdominal pain from a lacerated liver, according to the medical reports.

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