26 injured as Porsche 918 crashes at Malta car show

26 people were injured when a Porsche 918 crashed during a car show in Malta at the weekend.

The Porsche was being driven by British businessman Paul Bailey at a charity car show, around a short circuit laid out on Hal Farrug Airport’s taxiways. Footage of the crash shows he ran wide coming out of a temporary chicane, clipped the grass verge and span across the track into the crowd.

26 people were injured, five of them critically, including a six-year old girl. 14 people were kept in hospital overnight, among them Mr. Bailey, a multiple race winner in GT cars, who suffered broken bones.

The Times of Malta quotes an eyewitness who said: “The car was speeding down the taxiway when a back wheel went on the grass. The car spun out of control, went through the barriers where a large crowd was watching and into the area of the static car exhibition. Many people were hit, there was chaos and screams.”

The rest of the show was called off after the crash.

It seems that Mr. Bailey was giving passenger rides at the event, Paqpaqli Ghall-Istrina. He has an extensive supercar collection, including a McLaren P1 and LaFerrari, and often gives passenger rides to raise money for good causes.

The event was organised by the Office of the President of Malta, Marie Louise Coleiro Preca. A spokeswoman said she was “traumatised and devastated” by the accident.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “We are aware of reports of the involvement of a British national and continue to monitor the situation closely. We stand ready to provide consular support.”

By Only Motors

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