Even with great strides made towards increasing the safety of motor racing, fundamentally it's still a dangerous sport. And now it has claimed another life.

That life belonged to one Sean Edwards, an accomplished GT racing driver. Edwards was killed at Queensland Raceway in Australia, riding shotgun in a Porsche 996 GT3 while acting as instructor. The driver was airlifted to hospital with critical injuries. Sean Edwards was 26.

The son of former F1 driver Guy Edwards (whose car he drove in the filming of Rush), Sean won the European GT3 Championship in a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and drove a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 to repeat victories at the 24 Hours of Dubai as well as this year's Nürburgring 24 Hours. Edwards had been competing in the Porsche Supercup, whose standings he currently leads with just two rounds to go, and could be crowned champion posthumously.
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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.


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      Robert Fitch
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sad to see another awesome driver lost too soon. Too many drivers have been lost this year. This is what we all hate as motorsports fan. It's painful for the entire sport, from the team to the guy sitting on his futon writing this comment.
        brandon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Robert Fitch
        Agreed. Unfortunately it is a fact of life though. Especially life as a racer. Hopefully he is in a better place, assuming there is one.
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tragedy.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        brandon
        • 1 Year Ago
        Yeah, we don't know what happened. And it's not like "drivers" of this caliber don't help lesser experienced drivers all the time. For all we know this could have been out of anyones control. People cut tires all the time while racing, or a mechanical failure. None of this known at this point, it's just a sad day.
      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd hate to be the driver who was responsible for killing a great racer...... That's why you don't drive balls to the walls when you have the instructor in the car with you....
        fuzzyfish6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        That's a lot of assumption here. 1) Would it be any better if it was someone else who isn't a "great racer" who died in this case? 2) How d you know he was driving balls out when the accident happened? For all we knows the driver was driving 6/10s and was encouraged to go at a faster pace.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
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      larshafner
      • 1 Year Ago
      awesome dirver, how the hell did he die? can`t believe it! :/
      Zaki
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is sad, but a driver of his caliber should not be sitting next to a newbie in a potentially dangerous "teaching" capacity.
      djpatrick35
      • 1 Year Ago
      This has been an awful year for racing in modern times! RIP Mr. Edwards
      Corner49
      • 1 Year Ago
      And in a tragic bit of irony; 1. His dad pulled Nicki Lauda from his fiery crash. 2. He recently played his dad who pulled Lauda from his fiery crash in RUSH. 3. His dad co-drove with Emilio de Villota in '81 who lost his daughter less than a week ago as a result of injuries sustained in a crash.
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      There is a news footage, and it appears the car went straight into the tire wall, there weren't visible tire marks. Plus the impact was so severe that only half of the car remained. Only thing I'm not sure about was this a racing Porsche or just a regular street legal 996 GT3?
      Jared
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hate to see news like this.
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