Sophia Floersch crash: Images show mangled wreckage of Macau Grand Prix crash that resulted in SEVEN-HOUR surgery for German teen

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TEEN F3 starlet Sophia Floersch “had an angel on her shoulder” to survive a horror crash that resulted in a broken vertebra — which has required SEVEN-HOUR surgery.

It could have been so much for the German, 17, who was travelling at 171mph when she careered over a barrier and into a photographers’ bunker in Macau.

Sophia Floersch went airborne after colliding with the back of Jehan Daruvala's car
Sophia Floersch went airborne after colliding with the back of Jehan Daruvala’s car
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Pictures have emerged showing Floersch being rescued from her car after crashing at the F3 Grand Prix in Macau
Pictures have emerged showing Floersch being rescued from her car after crashing at the F3 Grand Prix in Macau
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Floersch is still in her car as members of staff rush to the rescue at the Macau Grand Prix
Floersch is still in her car as members of staff rush to the rescue at the Macau Grand Prix
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Ambulance staff rush to rescue Floersch
Ambulance staff rush to rescue Floersch
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Sophia Floersch is set for surgery after colliding with a photographers' bunker at the Macau Grand Prix
Sophia Floersch is set for surgery after colliding with a photographers’ bunker at the Macau Grand Prix
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A press spokesman for Macau’s health authority said: “She was admitted for surgery at 10am and it is still ongoing.”

She could have been killed, but Frits van Amersfoort, the owner of Van Amersfoort Racing, has been counting his blessings.

He told the BBC: “It was nearly a rocket. Surviving was incredible.

“We reckon she was travelling at 171.6mph at the time.”


Floersch, 17, has broken all sorts of records during her journey into F3
Floersch, 17, has broken all sorts of records during her journey into F3
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Replays of the incident show the car flying through the air at 171mph before crashing into a photographers' bunker
Replays of the incident show the car flying through the air at 171mph before crashing into a photographers’ bunker
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The Dutchman reckons that if she had collided with the race barrier, Floersch would have been killed.

But she collided with the back of Jehan Daruvala’s car, over a kerb and into the vehicle of Sho Tsuboi, which launched her 10ft into the air, before she flew into the temporary photographers’ structure in China.

Van Amersfoort added: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this. I haven’t seen all accidents in motorsport but this was surely one of the worst I’ve ever seen.

“We got some information from social media while we were waiting at the door of race control, but when you look at those images it is heartbreaking so we were thinking of the worst.

“It took quite a long time before the race control could say anything about the health of Sophia – everyone can imagine that’s not a nice thing to have.”

Floersch's Van Amersfoort car hit a photographers' bunker
Floersch’s Van Amersfoort car hit a photographers’ bunker
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The car then landed on the ground near the photographers' bunker before she was taken away in an ambulance
The car then landed on the ground near the photographers’ bunker before she was taken away in an ambulance
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Floersch tweeted on Sunday that she is “fine” — as she heads for surgery and the long road to rehab before getting back behind the wheel.

She said: “Just wanted to let everybody know that I am fine but will be going into Surgery tomorrow morning.

“Thanks everybody for the supporting messages. Update soon.”

Tsobi, a marshall and two photographers were seriously injured in the crash, but all are alive.

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