During qualifying of this past weekend’s WTCC action at the Macau Grand Prix, Phillip Yau Wing-Choi, a touring car driver, died on Friday after his Chevrolet Cruze race car collided with a barrier and caught fire. To clarify, Yau wasn’t a part of the official Chevrolet WTCC team.
According the Sports Illustrated, Yau’s Cruze went wide coming out of a corner, and slammed into the crash barriers on the left side of the track. This crumpled the left side of the vehicle as it scraped along the barrier. To make things worse, flames burst out from the bottom of the vehicle.
Responders had to cut the Cruze open to reach the Hong Kong native and then transport him to the nearest hospital. They pronounced him dead 27 minutes after his arrival. Organizers state that the Macau government will cover all costs related to his death, along with Portuguese motorcycle rider Louis Filipe de Sousa Carreira, who also died during qualifying for his event on Thursday.
Chevrolet WTCC drivers Yvan Muller and Alain Menu each earned wins upon the event’s conclusion, but it was Rob Huff who took the gold for the 2012 WTCC Drivers’ championship.