BRISBANE, Australia – Sean Edwards, the son of 1970s Formula One driver Guy Edwards, was killed Tuesday during an accident on a training course at Queensland Raceway in Australia.
Edwards, 26, was a passenger in a Porsche 996 when the 20-year-old driver reportedly lost control, sending the vehicle into a barrier. The car caught fire shortly after impact with both men still inside. It took three hours to pull the driver from the wreckage. He remains hospitalized.
Edwards is believed to have died on impact.
At the time of his death Edwards was the championship leader in the Porsche Supercup series, a series that tours alongside Formula One. He was a former European GT3 Champion, a two-time (2012-2013) Dubai 24 Hours champion and he won the 24 Hours of Nurburgring this year.
“All of us at the American Le Mans Series extend our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Sean Edwards,” said Scott Atherton, president and CEO of ALMS. “Sean was a rising star in sports car racing who found success in the United States and around the world. We will remember him as a driver and a human being with so much potential. He will be dearly missed.”
In tribute to Edwards’ memory, a memorial decal has been created for all cars competing in the ALMS season finale. The decal design was created from an illustration of Edwards’ helmet by renowned motorsports artist Andy Blackmore.