A WOMAN amateur racing driver has died in a high-speed crash on the final corner of Goodwood motor-racing circuit.
Sandra Harrison-Moore, 37, lost control of her classic sports car and crashed into the tyre wall during a time-trial event.
She was airlifted to hospital with head injuries after the accident, at 2.50pm on Saturday, but doctors were unable to save her.
Mrs Harrison-Moore, from Milton Keynes, Bucks, had been racing a Caterham sports car in a sprint event at Goodwood in Chichester, West Sussex.
It is understood that she raced the L7-2 Caterham Roadsport 1800 car regularly with her husband, Simon, 48, and has competed in similar events across the country as a hobby.
Preliminary investigations into the crash have established that no other vehicle was involved, but it is not yet clear why Mrs Harrison-Moore lost control. She was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to Southampton General Hospital, where she died on Saturday night.
Police have been called to the scene to investigate on behalf of the coroner and an inquest will be opened.
Mrs Harrison-Moore, who is from South Africa, has been a described as an “incredibly talented” occupational therapist, working to rehabilitate stroke patients.
Her older sister Joanne Gibson said: “It’s a truly great loss for many people .
“She was at the race with her husband. They were both into Caterham racing and they had been doing it together as a hobby for about a year.
“She was in the car on her own when she died.
“It goes without saying we will miss her very much."
Insp Phil Nicholas, of Sussex Police, said: “This appears to have been a tragic crash during a regular time-trial event and our thoughts go to the victim’s family, who were with her when she died.”
The Motor Sports Association (MSA), which ran the event, confirmed that it would be working with police and Mrs Harrison-Moore’s club to establish what happened.
A spokesman for the MSA said the crash happened during an officially sanctioned sprint event, in which cars take to the circuit in turn to set their fastest time. It was a popular discipline of motorsport and “has an excellent safety record”.
He said: “We regret that a 37-year-old woman died yesterday while taking part in a sprint event held at the Goodwood motor circuit.
“The MSA sends its deepest condolences to her family and friends. As with any serious incident in or around motorsport, the MSA is working with the police, other agencies and the organising club to establish precisely what happened.
“It is clear that the event rescue unit and paramedics were very close to the accident and were immediately on scene, before the casualty was evacuated by helicopter to Southampton General Hospital.”
Mr Harrison-Moore’s husband Simon was last night being consoled by friends at the couple’s home in Milton Keynes.