Porsche Supercup frontrunner Sean Edwards – the son of former F1 driver Guy Edwards – has tragically been killed in a fiery accident at Queensland Raceway at Ipswich.
The 26-year-old was leading the Porsche Supercup championship – which serves as a support series at selected Formula 1 Grands Prix in Europe and the Middle East – at the time of his death.
The Englishman was visiting the circuit, located west of Brisbane, to assist in a race driver experience day with paying customers, when the Porsche 996 in which he was a passenger slammed into a tyre wall on the outside of Turn 6 at high speed.
Spectators and circuit marshals ran to assist the pair when the horribly mangled car burst into flames.
Tragically, Edwards was confirmed as having died in the crash, while the driver was airlifted to hospital, where he is currently in a critical condition.
Edwards was a popular and incredibly versatile racer, although his specialty was in racing Porsches. On top of leading the Drivers’ Championship in the Porsche Supercup, Edwards has also claimed victory in this year’s Nurburgring and Dubai 24 Hour events, as well as class victories in the American Le Mans Series.
Last year he served as a driver coach in the making of Ron Howard’s film, RUSH, even playing his father in selected scenes of the movie.
The RichardsF1.com team extends its condolences to the Edwards family and his friends.