Macau Grand Prix: Another death at Macau Grand Prix

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D er Chinese living in Hong Kong had hit the side of the guardrails with his Chevrolet Cruze. He didn't start at the World Touring Car Championship but at a support competition.

The accident occurred in the extremely fast Mandarin corner. 'First he touched the guardrails with the right side of the vehicle and hit the guardrails with his left,' said former touring car world champion Gabriele Tarquini after studying the television pictures, which were repeated several times. The Chevrolet, a former car from the World Cup, slid several hundred meters along the guardrail. A small fire developed, but it seemed to go out on its own after a few seconds.

Chinese died of his injuries in the hospital.

At this point in time hardly anyone in the paddock was seriously worried about the driver. 'Yes, it was a tough hit,' was the general tenor. 'But the impact occurred at a relatively acute angle.' 'I had a very similar accident at exactly the same place a few years ago,' Tom Coronel later confirmed. 'Except for a couple of bruises nothing happened to me. In my opinion, you don't have to die in an accident like this,' said the Dutchman, a veteran of the World Touring Car Championship.

The rescue team was two minutes after the accident (Extrication Car) and an emergency doctor at the accident site. Since the demolished doors were stuck, the helpers needed six minutes to rescue Yau from the wreck. The Chinese died from his injuries less than an hour after the accident in hospital.
The organizing committee did not provide any information about the cause of death. Race director Joao Manuel Antunes emphasized that the rescue work was carried out correctly. 'We have more than met all the requirements of the FIA.' Choi was recovered within six minutes. The FIA ‚Äč‚Äčtolerance level is ten minutes.

The Macau GP has no security problem

But Antunes admits that it was difficult to get to the driver. Meanwhile, the rumor mill was boiling in the paddock. Some wanted to know that the accident driver had suffocated, possibly as a result of the fire extinguishing agent used.

The organizing committee categorically rejected any responsibility for both accidents. 'The track has existed for 60 years and it is in no way questioned,' stressed Antunes. 'We will therefore not cancel any races. The Macau GP has no security problem.'Antunes pointed out that Yau was a very experienced rider who won two frame races in recent years. And besides, in the opinion of the organization staff, an old, cynical-sounding rule applies: 'Everyone who comes here knows the challenge,' said Antunes. 'All drivers have the opportunity to get to know the track during practice.'

The scene of the accident in the Mandarin Oriental bend, named after the hotel of the same name, is considered the greatest test of courage of the year by the drivers of the World Touring Car Championship. Strictly speaking, it is not a curve, but a 30-degree bend. The fastest touring cars from the World Cup are measured here at around 230 km /h. The Formula 3 racers and the GT3 sports cars even manage more than 250 km /h.

While the Formula 3 drivers take the curve at full throttle without any problems, the touring car drivers have to brake briefly due to the lack of aerodynamic downforce. Ex-Champion Tarquini, an avowed front-wheel drive specialist, explains the difficulty as follows: 'You brake briefly, but you have to hit the accelerator again immediately, otherwise you get way too much steering oversteer. So there is a risk of the rear wiping around . You really don't want that there. '


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