Mourning a Champion – Christophe Hissette
23 April 2010 Dubai Autodrome Motorsport Club Statement Released by Dubai Autodrome Media Office On Friday, 23 April 2010,
Dubai based Belgian national, 29 year old, Christophe Hissette suffered fatal injuries while competing in the qualifying session for the final round of the GulfSport Radical Cup at Dubai Autodrome.
At 10.05 am, five minutes into the qualifying session, on the approach to Turn 16 of the International Circuit configuration, car number 42 of the AUH Motorsport team, driven by Christophe Hissette left the circuit and made contact with the outside wall before coming to a stop. No other cars were involved.
His car caught fire upon which the marshals, safety teams and medical crews were instantly dispatched to the scene. The fire was extinguished, whereupon a medical helicopter evacuated the driver to Rashid Hospital where Christophe Hissette was declared dead on arrival.
Hamish Brown, General Executive of Dubai Autodrome said, “It is with deep sadness and great regret that we report the loss of Christophe Hissette. We send our sincere condolences to his family and friends. His passing is a great loss to the region’s motorsport community. He was well known in the racing community and much respected by us all.” Christophe Hissette was a vastly experienced racing driver who was a familiar and popular figure in the Gulf motor racing scene.
He was the reigning European Masters Champion and leading contender for the 2009/2010 GulfSport Radical Cup in the UAE. He was a multiple karting champion known for his versatility in all forms of road racing. Most recently he won the Battery 24 Hours race at the Kartdrome as part of the Batelco team.
Images – supplied by Dubai Autodrome