Terrifying Crash Sends Racecar Flying Into Photographers' Booth

A terrible crash at the Macau Grand Prix sent a car flying over the crash fence, directly into a photographers' booth at approximately 170 mph. 

Drivers Sophia Flörsch and Sho Tsuboi collided at the recent Macau Grand Prix; the impact sent Flörsch's car flying over a crash fence and directly into a photographers' booth. On the straightaway before the tight right turn, Flörsch had lost control of her car in another incident, and as it slid out of control, it hit Tsuboi's car as it negotiated the turn, sending Flörsch's vehicle airborne.

As you can see in the video below, one of the photographers very nearly took a direct hit; photographer Minami Hiroyuki suffered a concussion and was released from the hospital, while photographer Chan Weng Wang suffered a lacerated liver and is expected to stay in the hospital for about 10 days.

Race marshal Chan Cha suffered a broken jaw and will stay in the hospital for about five days. Flörsch underwent a successful surgery for a spinal fracture yesterday, with doctors reporting that she is stable with all limbs active, thankfully. 

The car hitting the photographer's structure may have actually saved some lives, as it stopped it from traveling completely off the track and into the casino directly adjacent to it, where the accident could have been much worse. 

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Elan Govan's picture

This is one horrific sporting accident. Motor Racing is still a very dangerous sport.

David Pavlich's picture

That's auto racing's 'perfect storm' accident. Everything was in the right place at the absolute wrong time. Had the car not become airborne, it would have been a nasty accident for the driver, but the barricades at track level would have probably stopped the out of control car. Unbelievable!

Macau is well known for crashes. Crazy place for a race.

Adam Ottke's picture

Apparently she was tapped by/somehow made contact with another car on the high speed straightaway before this... And obviously you're not slowing down as efficiently skidding all over the place as you would be able to using proper braking under control. So I don't think there's much she could do. Apparently she's a super talented driver. I think this is more of a perfect storm scenario...

David Pavlich's picture

Once she was tapped or she tapped some other car, she became a passenger. Brakes don't work well when the car is spinning out of control.

Adam Ottke's picture

Exactly. Bummer of a situation. That crash looks brutal. Amazing that everyone was as okay as they were...

A driver in front of her saw a yellow (caution) light, and braked right in front of her, which ripped off two of her wheels at close to 200 mph, right before the braking zone. She was spun around and had no control.

Plus she hit the blue curb to launch her up, and then into the other car, which launched her further up and out of the track.

I shudder to think if she had hit the barrier at speed, or if the photo stand wasn't there, and she was launched further.

Sennia Kyle's picture

The accident wasn't her fault, and she's been racing for 10 years. She's likely a better driver than most people. But I'm guessing the "she" part is the problem here because we all know that male drivers never crash amirite

Sennia Kyle's picture

In case anyone is wondering... that last sentence would be a little thing called sarcasm.

Christian Durand's picture

She’s 17 years old ....

Really? Sennia wrote "she's been racing for 10 years" so... since she was 7 years old?? :-/

Tim Ericsson's picture

Yes, actually. Her first professional race was the P1 SAKC Championship in 2008. Rather extraordinary person, right?!

Nobody wrote or implied that.

Bobody wrote or implied your last sentence.

Tim Ericsson's picture

Who is Bobody? Let me at 'em!

Would you say the same thing about max verstapen or mark Marquez?

Tim Ericsson's picture

Why don’t you like My Cousin Vinny?

Jim German's picture

Wow, people. You have an awesome system of interconnected computer networks that houses a vast information space and this is what we come up with. Jack Millerson implies that Sophia Flörsch is a bad driver, Christian Durand at least looked up Flörsch's age, Sam Fargo can do the math, Tim Ericson knows a good movie when he sees one, and I have spent too much time at this analysis. Flörsch has been *racing* for 10 years does not automatically imply that she has been racing F3 for 10 years. Holy cow.

Tim Ericsson's picture

Thank God someone recognizes good cinema when they see it!

I'm not sure what makes good cinema but, definitely a good movie! :-)

Sennia Kyle's picture

Regardless of how long she has or has not been racing F3, she's still been racing longer than any of us I'd wager, PLUS the accident wasn't her fault to begin with. And many if not most of the top drivers start when they're kids. My dad did crew and later crew chief work for IndyCar drivers in the 70s and 80s and put me behind the wheel of karts and later taught me to drive a car, manual no less, before the age of 10. And had I started racing and continued to this day (that was never going to happen haha) I'm sure I would have crashed at some point. Just like anyone else. Crashes happen in racing, the end.

Jason Bonello's picture

My buddy was shooting in the bunker when this happened. Luckily no one was seriously injured.

Fritz Asuro's picture

When I am about to shoot Abu Dhabi F1 this weekend *gasps*

David Pavlich's picture

I'm envious! Have a great time.

Fritz Asuro's picture

It's an opportunity I must say, but stressful in terms of working hours, add on the danger.

I'm so glad no one got serious injuries or died from the Macau GP.

Jim German's picture

Macau has had enough problems in the past to warrant a "full investigation into the incident" by the FIA. https://www.straitstimes.com/sport/macau-grand-prix-horror-smash-teen-re...