Leading Porsche driver Sean Edwards has died today following a crash at the Queensland Raceway in Australia.
The Porsche Supercup driver was killed in a private driver training session at the track after the 996 he was a passenger in hit a barrier. The driver, Will Holzheimer, 20, was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries after being trapped in the car for three hours after the accident
Edwards, 26, was something of a marvel in the world of Porsche single make racing, he is currently in the lead of the Porsche Supercup championship following three wins so far this season with only two races left at Abu Dhabi. He also took wins in the German Carrera Cup and was Henrique Cisneros’s co-driver in the #30 MOMO NGT Motorsport Porsche in the American Le Mans Series GTC class.
Hartmut Kristen, Head of Motorsport at Porsche, said: “Our thoughts are with his family and we want to express our deepest condolences to his relatives.”
Sean, the son of ex F1 driver Guy Edwards, had been setting tracks alight since 2006 when he won the FIA GT3 European Championship with Tech9 Motorsports before moving into the highly competitive Supercup. Shockingly however, he has only notched up one Le Mans 24 hour appearance – in 2012 – racing in GTE Am for Prospeed Competition.
Indeed 2013 was looking like an absolutely brilliant year for the driver as he claimed victory in both the Dubai and Nurburgring 24 hour races for team Black Falcon alongside Bernd Schneider and Jeroen Bleekemolen.
He was also in a strong position for the German Carrera Cup title, currently second in the standings with only one race weekend to go, Edwards would have been in a good position to emulate Mike Rockenfeller, Timo Bernhard, Lucas Luhr and more recently Rene Rast by winning the title.
www.theCheckeredFlag.co.uk wish to extend the condolences to Edwards’ friends and family. Whilst with sadness in our hearts that we will no longer see Sean Edwards tearing up the track, we will still remember fondly the times we did.