LONDON: British motorpsort was in mourning yesterday following the death of driver Sean Edwards (pictured) at the Queensland Raceway in Australia.
The London-born 26-year-old was a passenger in a Porsche which the BBC reported had hit the barriers during a private test session. The driver survived
Edwards was leading the Porsche Supercup championship, a series which supports Formula One races, and in May was a co-winner of the Nurburgring 24 hours event.
He is the son of former Formula One driver Guy Edwards,who pulled Grand Prix great Niki Lauda out of a burning car following the Austrian’s crash at the Nurburgring in 1976.
Edwards played the part of his father in the recently released motion picture ‘Rush’, which recounts Lauda’s rivalry with James Hunt.
Former McLaren driver turned BBC Grand Prix commentator David Coulthard tweeted: “Shocking news about Sean Edwards passing, top man and super talented racer, condolences to his nearest and dearest.”
Three-times Le Mans 24 Hours winner Allan McNish added: “I knew his father initially from his sponsorship days, so I have followed Sean’s career a bit closer than you would normally do.
“The tragedy of it is he was leading the Supercup championship after such strong performances through the middle of the year. It looked like he was going to win.
“Also, having won the Nurburgring 24 Hours this year, I would say this was probably his strongest year in racing.
“He won the Porsche Supercup race in Monaco this year by 20 seconds, which is unheard of in a one-make-spec championship.
“This was a breakthrough year for him. He was showing what talent he had, but had maybe never had the opportunity to actually display it.
“Apart from that, he was a guy who loved life, loved racing, loved cycling, was strong and fit.” AFP