Hong Kong racer Phillip Yau Wing-choi becomes second to die at Macau GP in two days
Choi crashed his Chevrolet Cruze into a barrier while competing in the CTM Macau Touring Car Cup
Organisers of the Macau Grand Prix defended their safety record after tragedy struck for the second day in a row with the death of Hong Kong racer Phillip Yau Wing-choi on Friday.
Choi crashed his Chevrolet Cruze into a barrier while competing in the CTM Macau Touring Car Cup. Medical teams had to cut him free from the wreckage and he died in hospital.
It is the second death in two days at the circuit, after Portuguese motorbike rider Luis Carreira succumbed to injuries sustained in an accident on Thursday.
"I don't think there is any question about the track, it has existed as it is for 60 years," said Joao Manuel Costa Antunes, co-ordinator of the Macau Grand Prix committee, who added that none of the weekend's remaining events would be cancelled.
Yau was an experienced Macau competitor and had won two races at the event.
It took six minutes to cut him from the wreckage, but organisers insisted this was within the bounds of international road racing. They said that extricating him was made more difficult because his car was a left-hand drive.
They also denied there was any problem with the safety equipment in his car and that it had passed all the standard checks.
"The Macau Grand Prix Committee regrets to announce that Yau Wing Choi, Phillip, competitor No.31, from Hong Kong, competing in the CTM Macau Touring Car Cup, has succumbed to injuries sustained in a racing accident during the qualifying session this afternoon," read a statement from organisers.
"The incident occured at Mandarin Bend at 13.11. The qualifying session was immediately red flagged.
"After the incident, two fully equipped rescue cars were at the scene, followed by the extrication car. The position of the racing car required cutting in order to facilitate extrication. At 13.19, the competitor was removed from the car, and at 13.20 Mr Yau was transported by ambulance to hospital where he was admitted at 13.24.
"Continuous CPR was performed however he succumbed to his injuries at 13.51.
"The Macau Grand Prix Committee has contacted the family and the members of the team. The Committee expresses its sincere condolences."