- British race driver Sean Edwards was killed in a crash at Queensland Raceway in Australia on Tuesday.
- The 26-year-old leader of the Porsche Supercup driver standings was a passenger, coaching young drivers in a test session.
- Edwards was the son of 1970s Formula 1 driver Guy Edwards.
BRISBANE, Australia — British race driver Sean Edwards, the leader in the Porsche Supercup sports car championship, was killed in a crash during a private test session Tuesday at Queensland Raceway. He was 26.
"The news has sparked immense regret at Porsche," the company said in a statement. "Edwards has for many years been one of the most popular and successful pilots in the Porsche one-make race series."
Edwards, son of 1970s Formula 1 racer Guy Edwards, had a bit part playing his father in the recently released movie Rush. He reprised his father's role in helping to pull driver Niki Lauda out of his fire-engulfed Ferrari after Lauda's horrible crash at the Nurburgring in 1976.
Ironically, Edwards was killed when the Porsche racecar in which he was riding crashed at Queensland Raceway and burst into flames. The driver, identified only as a 20-year-old man from Brisbane, is in intensive care at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.
Reports said Edwards was killed instantly when the car veered off course and crashed into a tire barrier outside Turn 6 at the 1.95-mile, six-turn road course.
Edwards was taking part in the second day of a coaching session for young drivers. "Sad sad day, sleep well @SeanEdwardsR," wrote Allan McNish, the 2013 winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in one of the many Twitter tributes to Edwards.
Edwards had an 18-point lead, 118-100, over Nicki Thiim in driver points in the Supercup series with one event remaining in the eight-round series, a double-header which will be held at the Yas Marina Circuit in conjunction with the November 3 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Formula 1 race.
Edwards won three of the first seven rounds, at Catalunya in Spain, Monaco and Budapest. He teamed with Thiim, Bernd Schneider and Jeroen Bleekemolen to win this year's Nurburgring 24 Hours in a Black Falcon Racing Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3. He also won the Dubai 24 Hours race this year.
He competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans once, in 2012, and also raced in the American Le Mans Series.
Edmunds says: Edwards was a promising young driver. Our deepest condolences to his family.