Touring car driver killed in Macau crash

16 November 2012 – Touring car driver Phillip Yau Wing Choi has died following a heavy crash at the Guia Circuit in Macau on Friday. The Hong Kong racer was qualifying for this weekend's CTM Macau Touring Car Cup race when he lost control of his Chevrolet Cruze at the Mandarin corner, leaving his car in flames after significant contact with the barriers.

It took around six minutes for Yau to be cut from the wreckage before he was rushed to a nearby hospital. Despite the medical staff's continuous CPR efforts, he succumbed to the injuries sustained. The incident has occurred just 24 hours after Portuguese Superbike rider Luis Carreira lost his life at the circuit.

The Macau Grand Prix Committee released the following statement on Friday:

'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.

The incident occurred 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.
'

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