Qualifying for the first race in the 2010 FIA GT1 World Championship was suspended on Friday after an accident at turn 8 of the Yas Marina circuit involving the Matech Competition Ford GT of Natacha Gachnang.
The Swiss driver's Ford failed to negotiate the corner and went down the escape road, hitting the safety barriers. Gachnang was conscious when the safety crews reached the scene of the incident.
She was then taken to the circuit Medical Centre where she was treated by the FIA Medical Delegate, and local medical staff, for a broken leg before being airlifted to Sheik Khalifa hospital in Abu Dhabi for further precautionary checks.
The FIA Medical Delegate reported that Natacha was conscious and her condition was not life-threatening.
A TV cameraman was also injured while filming the event from Turn 8. The cameraman, Rob Hurdman from Greenlight Television, was hit by his camera, suffering a suspected broken nose. He was taken to the circuit Medical Centre for treatment and was taken to hospital by road ambulance for precautionary checks.
The FIA Race Director decided to end the qualifying session due to the amount of work required to reinstate properly the safety conditions necessary for racing to resume. In consequence the final positions of the first qualifying session will determine the starting grid for the qualifying race on Saturday.
An update on the condition of Gachnang will follow.