British racing driver Sean Edwards killed in Porsche crash
The son of 1970s F1 driver, who recently appeared in the film Rush, was passenger in car that crashed
BRITISH racing driver Sean Edwards has been killed in a crash at the Queensland Raceway in Australia during a test session at the circuit.
The 26-year-old driver was a passenger in a Porsche 996 when it hit the barriers at the track, 25 miles north of Brisbane, reports The Guardian. Edwards, whose father Guy was a Formula 1 driver, was leading the 2013 Porsche Supercup championship, a series which supports the F1 calendar, and was part of the team that won the Nurburgring and Dubai 24 Hours endurance races earlier this year.
He also appeared in the film Rush, the recent movie about the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda in the 1970s. He acted as an advisor on racing scenes and also played his father, who was one of the drivers who pulled Lauda from his burning Ferrari at the Nurburgring Grand Prix in 1976.
"Edwards was killed instantly on impact with the tyre wall on the outside of the track at Turn 6. The accident was initially attended to by onlookers after the car burst into flames on impact," reports Autosport. "The local emergency services spent three hours extracting the driver – a 20-year-old man from Brisbane – from the burning wreckage. He is currently in intensive care with life-threatening injuries."
Edwards joined the Porsche Supercup series since 2008. He began his career in karting and also competed in Formula Renault, before turning his attention to GT racing.
His death comes one week after another British racing driver, Dario Franchitti, survived a horrific IndyCar crash in Houston, in which he fractured his back, and one day before the second anniversary of the death of another British IndyCar driver, Dan Wheldon. He died on 16 October 2011, when his car took off and collided with fencing at the track in Las Vegas.
Tributes to Edwards flooded in after the news broke. Franchitti and F1 commentators Martin Brundle and David Coulthard were among those to post messages on Twitter:
Was woken for my pain pills and saw the incredibly sad news out of Australia about Porsche driver Sean Edwards.
Rest in peace Sean.
— Dario Franchitti (@dariofranchitti) October 15, 2013
Terribly sad news re the death of Sean Edwards, a very talented racer. Condolences to his family and friends. Motor sport can be too cruel
— Martin Brundle (@MBrundleF1) October 15, 2013
shocking news about Sean Edwards passing, top man and super talented racer, condolences to his nearest and dearest.
— David Coulthard (@therealdcf1) October 15, 2013