British racing driver Sean Edwards was killed today in an accident at the Queensland Raceway. He was participating in a private test session and was a passenger in a 996 Porsche 911.
The 20-year-old driver suffered life-threatening injuries and is currently in intensive care at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
It’s believed Edwards was killed instantly when the car left the circuit and crashed into a tyre wall. Rescue crews took three hours to remove the driver from the wreckage.
Edwards is the current leader of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup series, a support category to Formula 1, and drove in the winning Black Falcon crew at this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hour Race at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3.
The 26-year-old Brit was the son of Guy Edwards, who was one of the first on the scene at Niki Lauda’s crash during the 1976 German Grand Prix. Sean worked as a consultant for the movie Rush and also played the role of his father in the film.
He was well liked and numerous motorsport identities from a wide cross section of backgrounds have expressed their sorrow at his passing, including David Brabham, Martin Brundle, Sebastien Ogier, Jason Plato and Mark Webber.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
[Source: News Ltd]
Tragic accident as a passenger at a private driving event
Deep mourning for race driver Sean Edwards
Stuttgart. The British race driver Sean Edwards was killed in a fatal accident today during a private driving training on the Queensland Raceway in Australia. The 26-year-old Edwards, who was contesting the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup this season, was sitting in the passenger seat as an instructor when the accident happened. This news has sparked immense regret at Porsche. Edwards has for many years been one of the most popular and successful pilots in the Porsche one-make race series.
“Our thoughts are with his family and we want to express our deepest condolences to his relatives,” said Hartmut Kristen, Head of Motorsport at Porsche.
In 2006, Edwards became champion in the FIA GT3 European Championship. He has competed in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup since 2008, and in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland since 2010. Sean Edwards was the son of the ex-Formula One pilot Guy Edwards.