It is with great sadness we inform that race driver Gustavo Sondermann has passed away after suffering serious injuries in a multiple car crash on Sunday afternoon at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo, Brazil.
During the preliminary race of the Interlagos round for the Brazilian Stock Car Cup, the second round for the Chevrolet Montana Cup taking place in heavy rain, a slight collision on a wet track caused Sondermann’s car to spin across the track.
The car was T-boned several times, the impact being so severe that the driver suffered skull injuries, a cerebral trauma and a broken collarbone. Sondermann had to be reanimated after a respiratory and cardio-vascular arrest by the rescue services attending the site of the crash and was airlifted to Hospital São Luiz in the Morumbi district.
As medical staff reports, the driver arrived in a coma condition (level 3 on the Glasgow scale) and was breathing on a life support device. In intensive care his condition was analyzed in depth. After extensive tests, the injuries were found to be so severe that the medical staff was unable to help to reverse the patient’s deteriorating condition.
We would like to offer our condolences. Our thoughts in these difficult moments are with the family, Gustavo’s girl friend and his many friends.