Young British driver Sean Edwards had been carving out an impressive career in Porsche’s flagship Supercup prior to his tragic death at Queensland Raceway on Tuesday.
Edwards had won three of the seven rounds to date and held an 18-point lead in the standings ahead of the final Abu Dhabi meeting on November 1-3.
Edwards this week headed to Australia for driving training work at Queensland Raceway, where he tragically lost his life while riding as a passenger in a GT3 Cup Car.
Edwards arrived in Australia on Sunday and was booked to fly back to Europe tonight.
On Monday morning, Edwards had tweeted: ‘Time to hit Queensland Raceway today, should be fun, hope there aren’t too many kangaroos like at Bathurst!”
As news of the tragedy spread on Tuesday evening, tributes began streaming into social media channels from his peers and supporters.
Edwards had started the year in blistering form by being part of the Black Falcon Mercedes outfit that won the Dubai 24 Hour for the second year running before later conquering the Nurburgring 24 Hour.
He is a second generation driver whose dad Guy Edwards started in 17 World Championship F1 grands prix.
Edwards moved into GT racing in 2005 following a brief stint in Formula Ford and Formula Renault in his native England.
Initially in the British GT Championship, Edwards raced Porsches in the FIA GT3 and GT classes before largely focussing on the single-make Porsche Carrera Cup and Supercup racing from 2008.
He contested the Supercup in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012, finishing in the championship’s top six on each occasion.
Edwards’ services recently were called on during filming for the successful Ron Howard film Rush, when he portrayed his father in some scenes.
Speedcafe.com wishes to extend its sympathy to Sean’s family and extensive network of friends.