On November 18, 2018, the German driver was 17 when she was the protagonist of a frightening accident in Formula 3. Saved thanks to an eleven-hour surgery, Floersch returned to racing the following season. And in 2020 he made his debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
A terrifying accident, fortunately without serious consequences for the protagonist. Three years ago, on November 18, 2018, at the Macau Grand Prix, a former Portuguese colony now a territory that has now returned to China, Sophia Floersch was the protagonist of an off-track event that remained indelible in the memory of racing enthusiasts. The German driver, at the time 17 years old, was engaged in the Formula 3 race at the wheel of the single-seater of the Dutch team Van Amersfoort Racing: after a contact in the race with the Japanese Sho Tsuboi, her car, losing contact with the asphalt while traveling in 276 km / h, literally took off, crashing into a photographers’ tribune near the Lisboa curve.
GP MACAO 2018: THE INCIDENT
Sophia Floersch, who underwent over ten hours of surgery (fractured vertebrae), spent a few days under observation in Macau’s main hospital. Despite the violent impact, he did not report any serious consequences thanks to the shock absorption capacity and resistance of his car, based on the chassis produced by the Italian Dallara, including the survival cell made with different composite materials, and subject to three- four days of tests carried out both within the company and by a third party. In the same weekend the traditional Macau GP hosted the final act of the Wtcr – Fia World Touring Car Cup championship (debut) which saw the victory of Gabriele Tarquini on Hyundai i30 N Tcr; while in the Formula 3 race-show there was also Mick Schumacher, who in the 2018 season won the European F.3 title with Prema from Vicenza.
SOPHIA FLOERSCH: BACK TO THE TRACK
Already from the following racing season, in 2019, Floersch (who in 2016-17 had participated in the Formula 4 championships, in Germany and in Italy) returned to the wheel of racing cars, in different championships. The first ever return to the cockpit of a single-seater was at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, at the end of winter 2019, on the occasion of the tests that led the driver to participate in the European Formula 3 championship, where she remained engaged in 2019 and 2020.
ENDURANCE AND GT, THE 2021 SEASON
Sophia Floersch’s competitive commitment from the 2020 vintage has developed in endurance races at the wheel of the Lmp2 class prototypes of the Richard Mille Racing team, and of the GT series derivatives in sprint races. In 2020 she took part in the European Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, sharing the car with Tatiana Calderon (former Alfa Romeo test driver in Formula 1) and Beitske Visser, who finished 13th overall. In 2021, Floersch’s sporting program included the WEC Endurance World Championship (retirement at Le Mans) and participation in the DTM at the wheel of the Abt team’s Audi R8 Lms Evo, which finished in 18th place.
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Sophia Floersch three years ago saw her death in Macau: now she runs with prototypes and GTs