Macau Grand Prix marred by second death

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The Macau Grand Prix was marred by tragedy for a second successive day on Friday when another competitor was killed during a qualification event.

Organisers announced that Hong Kong driver Yau Wing Choi died after crashing during qualification for the Macau Touring Car Cup.

In a statement, the Macau Grand Prix Committee said Yau succumbed to injuries sustained in an accident at Mandarin Bend.

The qualifying session was immediately red-flagged while Yau was cut out of his car and attended to by emergency crews, but he died less than an hour later in hospital.

Yau was an experienced Macau competitor who had won twice previously at the event.

Yau’s death was the second deadly crash in as many days on the Macau circuit.

On Thursday, Portuguese motorcycle rider Luis Filipe de Sousa Carreira died after a crash during qualifying for the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.

The 35-year-old Carreira, who raced for the Bennimoto Raider-Cetelem team, crashed at the Fisherman’s Bend section of the Guia Circuit.

No other riders were involved in the accident.

Organizers say two doctors went to the rider’s aid and Carreira was then taken to a hospital where he was declared dead 20 minutes later.

Organisers defended safety on the Guia street circuit following the deaths.

“I don’t think there is any question about the track, it has existed as it is for 60 years,” Joao Manuel Costa Antunes, co-ordinator of the Macau Grand Prix committee told Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post, adding that none of the weekend’s remaining events would be cancelled.

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