WATCH: Sophia Floersch Suffers a Horrible Crash in WEC; Wish Pour in From Damon Hill

Published 08/22/2021, 1:37 AM EDT


A horrific crash interrupted the 24 hours of Le Mans, which was caused because of the heavy downpour. Sophia Floersch spun out, wreaking havoc on the track. As a result, they deployed the safety car, stopping the race for a while.

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The German racer had an accident because of the rain and caused another collision on her way to the track. Damon Hill hoped for good health for the driver as her second accident was nothing short of petrifying.

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Floersch is now reported to be in the medical center but has been given the initial all-clear.

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Sophia Floersch incident at FIA WEC

Almost an hour before the incident, teams took to the radio to warn their drivers of the possibility of rain. They severely underestimated the weather as what they predicted to be light rain was, in fact, a heavy downpour.

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The LMP2 prototypes were the most affected by the change in weather; the #29 Racing Tea Nederland lost control of the rear in the first corner of the WEP and was off the track.

Then, the #1 from Richard Mille, under Sophia’s control, crashed. Franco Colapinto had lost control of his car and crossed her line. Floersch was unable to evade the collision.

As her she made her way back to the race, something went wrong with the car; the ‘Roxy’ didn’t move. Sophia’s team radio revealed to the team that the car had stalled.

And this time, James Winslow in the #74 India-Eurasia Entry, rammed into the side of the Richard Mille, making it Sophia’s second accident in a matter of minutes.

Consequentially, Sophia Floersch was taken to the medical center for a check-up. For her and her teammates Tatiana Calderon and Beitske Visser, the 89th Le Mans culminated earlier than they would have liked.

Visser had been extremely excited about the big challenge. “It’s definitely the race we are most looking forward to. Last year we made no mistakes in the race, our goal is again to make no mistakes and to get a good result.” The incident, unfortunately, robbed the newly formed Richard Mille team of a chance at the endurance cup.

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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