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Sophia Floersch to continue in Formula European Masters on return from injury

by Peter Allen


Sophia Floersch will resume racing in the renamed Formula European Masters with Van Amersfoort Racing when she returns to competition following her Macau crash.

Floersch joined the Formula 3 European Championship grid with VAR mid-way through the 2018 season, and scored a points finish at the Red Bull Ring before the campaign was out.

She then fractured her spine in her huge aerial accident during last month’s Macau Grand Prix, but is already preparing for a comeback.

?When I watched the video of my accident for the first time it felt somewhat surreal,? she said. ?I know that I was lucky and am thankful that the Dallara is such a safe car. I already may begin with gentle training and hope that I will be able to get into the cockpit of my racing car, in spring.

?If my rehabilitation runs as planned and I won?t enter the season with leeway it?s my goal to regularly make it to the top five and secure a win, every now and then.

?I am convinced that the Formula European Masters is the perfect race series for me. The car is fantastic. It offers young drivers the opportunity to learn a lot. This is demonstrated by history. After all, countless racing drivers learned their trade in these cars and their predecessors to make it to the top categories of motor racing, afterwards. And the DTM environment is fantastic.

“I love to keep on competing for Van Amersfoort Racing as I feel really comfortable in the team. It certainly wasn?t easy at the beginning as I had absolutely no Formula 3 experience. But they taught me a lot and now I want to celebrate successes with them.?

Frits van Amersfoort’s team is committed to the Formula European Masters after missing out on an entry to the new FIA F3 Championship.

?Despite having joined the 2018 season late she did a really good job,” he said of Floersch.

?Nonetheless, there still are things she can learn in the Formula European Masters. But she also will make use of her experience to regularly try to battle it out for top-10 positions.

“We are delighted that Sophia will keep on racing for us as she?s a real asset to our team with her motivation. As soon as she has fully recovered we will have a car ready for her.?