Second fatality mars Macau weekend

  • Last Updated: November 16 2012, 17:46 GMT

This weekend's motor sport action in Macau has been marred by a second fatality in less than 24 hours after a local touring car driver was killed in qualifying at the Asian street circuit.

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Phillip Yau Wing Choi, from Hong Kong, succumbed to injuries suffered in a crash at Mandarin Bend in qualifying for the Macau Touring Car Cup, a support race to this weekend's Macau Grand Prix.

The incident comes a day after Portuguese motorcycle rider Luis Filipe de Sousa Carreira died after a crash at Fisherman's Bend at the Guia circuit.

"The Macau Grand Prix Committee regrets to announce that Phillip Tau Wing Choi... has succumbed to injuries sustained in a racing accident during the qualifying session this afternoon," read a statement by race organisers.

"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."

The annual Macau meeting attracts competitors from all over the world to compete in a range of categories, and is the blue riband event of both the Formula Three and World Touring Car Championships.