British racer Edwards killed in training crash
Sean Edwards died in a crash during training
Edwards, the Porsche Supercup Championship leader, was in the passenger seat as an instructor for a private training session at Queensland Raceway at Willowbank, outside Brisbane, as per the reports.
A 20-year-old local driver was behind the wheel when the car crashed into a tire wall, hit a barrier and caught fire.
The driver was taken to a hospital and is reported to be in a critical condition with severe burns and broken bones. Sean Edwards was recently involved in director Ron Howard’s movie “Rush” about the 1976 Formula One season.
Guy Edwards was one of the drivers who helped pull Niki Lauda from his burning car during the 1976 German Grand Prix. Sean Edwards had told fans he would be in Australia on a short visit before returning for the last two races of the Supercup series.
In his last post on Twitter, he said: “Time to hit Queensland Raceway today, should be fun, hope there aren’t too many kangaroos like at Bathurst!” a reference to Australia’s premier endurance auto racing event last weekend.
Hartmut Kristen, Head of Motorsport at Porsche, described Edwards “one of the most popular and successful” drivers in the Porsche series. Edwards won the Nurburgring and Dubai 24 Hours this year.
The British Motor Sports Association said: “Sean was a hugely promising young racer who came through the junior formulas in Britain before making a career in international sports car racing,”
Former F1 driver David Coulthard posted a tweet saying: “Shocking news about Sean Edwards’ passing, top man and super talented racer, condolences to his nearest and dearest.”
Queensland state police and the Workplace Health and Safety unit are investigating the latest incident.
Queensland Raceway chief executive John Tetley said the damaged vehicle had been taken away for forensic testing and it could be days before there were any details about the cause of the crash.
He identified the injured local driver as Will Holzheimer. His parents run a company which offers “hot laps” in racing cars around the circuit. Other members of the Holzheimer family were at the circuit and in race suits when the accident occurred, Tetley said.
Sean Edwards started his racing career in 2003 in Formula Ford, and later competed in Formula Renault UK, British GT and the FIA GT3 Championship before starting his Porsche Supercup career in 2008.