Gachnang doubtful to take part in FIA GT1 World Championship event

Gachnang doubtful to take part in FIA GT1 World Championship eventA major accident involving the Matech Competition Ford GT driven by Natacha Gachnang has interrupted qualifying him for the inaugural FIA GT1 World Championship event in Abu Dhabi.

Gachnang, who belongs to Switzerland, went straight on at the end of the Yas Marina circuit's kilometre-long back straight, on which the Fords were achieving top speeds approaching 170mph. When she was taken out of the car, she was conscious, after which she was taken to medical centre with a suspected broken leg.

At the stoppage of the session, Phoenix Racing/Carsport driver Andreas Zuber was fastest with just under three minutes left of the first round of qualifying left.

"His time of 2m06.780s was nearly a second ahead of second-placed Frederic Makowiecki in the Hexis Aston Martin DBR9," said a source.

Those 16 cars, which would be the fastest, will be allowed to take part in the next round of the qualifying when the second driver in each car will take over. Eight cars will then proceed to the final round.

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