'Rush' stunt driver Sean Edwards dies in Porsche crash while coaching younger racers at Queensland Raceway in Australia

Edwards was leading the Porsche Supercup championship but was tragically killed when the car he was a passenger in burst into flames after hitting the barrier at Queensland Raceway

A British racing driver who had recently recreated his father’s heroic efforts to save Formula One world champion Niki Lauda for a Hollywood film has died in a crash on a track in Australia.

Sean Edwards, 26, was killed instantly when the Porsche 966 car in which he was a passenger smashed into a tyre wall barrier on the Queensland Raceway close to Brisbane during a two-day private training session for young drivers.

The London-born driver was considered one of British racing’s brightest talents and was leading this year’s Porsche Supercup championship, a format which runs parallel to the Formula One world championship. He was also part of the team that one this year’s Nurburgring 24 Hours endurance race.

Based in Monaco, Edwards last year played the role of his father, former Formula One driver Guy Edwards, in Ron Howard’s hit film Rush, which chronicles the rivalry between Lauda and Britain’s James Hunt during the 1976 Grand Prix season.

Guy Edwards was one of a trio of drivers who dashed to Lauda’s car and pulled him clear after it burst into flames following the famous crash on the Nurburgring during the German Grand Prix.

Tributes were immediately paid to Sean. Former F1 driver David Coulthard said he was shocked to hear of the fatal crash and posted on Twitter: “Top man and super talented race, condolences to his nearest and dearest.”

Allan McNish, three times winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours, said he had followed Sean’s career for many years through his friendship with his father.

He said: “I would say this was probably his strongest year in racing... This was a breakthrough year for him. He was showing what talent he had, but had maybe never had the opportunity to actually display it. Apart from that, he was a guy who loved life, loved cycling, was strong and fit.”

Edwards carried Allan Simonsen's name on his car after the Dane was killed at Le Mans earlier this year Edwards carried Allan Simonsen's name on his car after the Dane was killed at Le Mans earlier this year

Edwards was on his first visit to Australia and had only been in the country a number of hours before the accident happened. He posted on his Facebook page on Saturday: “First time in Aus, have heard great thing[s] so looking forward to my two days there!”

In his last post on Twitter, Edwards said: “Time to hit Queensland Raceway today, should be fun, hope there aren’t too many kangaroos like at Bathurst!” - referring to a leading Australian racing event.

Police were last night still investigating the crash, which caused such extensive damage to the super-car carrying the two men that it took a number of hours to extricate its 20-year-old driver. The Brisbane man was in intensive care with life-threatening injuries.

Photographs of the crash scene appeared to show the front half of the Porsche almost completely concertinaed into the rest of the car.

Inspector Dave Preston, of Queensland Police, said: “The fire and rescue had to do extensive work in relation to extracting and opening the vehicle up... With the impact of the vehicle at speed, you could imagine the crunching that would occur and the amount of damage that was caused.”


Edwards, who is believed to have recently become engaged to his girlfriend Laura, had spoken of his pride at being able to play his father in the Hollywood film and was pictured posing next to a vintage re-creation of the car he had driven.

Guy Edwards and his wife Daphne made no immediate comment on the death of their son.

Scott McLaughlin, a fellow racing driver, tweeted: “Our sport is dangerous, we are very lucky to be still here telling a tale. RIP Sean Edwards.”

peopleJust weeks after he created dress for Alamuddin-Clooney wedding
The Banksy image in Folkestone before it was vandalised
Life and Style

Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts

Life and Style
A street vendor in Mexico City sells Dorilocos, which are topped with carrot, jimaca, cucumber, peanuts, pork rinds, spices and hot sauce
food + drink

Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
George Lucas poses with a group of Star Wars-inspired Disney characters at Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2010

George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios

football West Brom vs Man Utd match report: Blind grabs point, but away form a problem for Van Gaal
Arts and Entertainment
Bloom Time: Mira Sorvino
tvMira Sorvino on leaving movie roles for 'The Intruders'
Arts and Entertainment
Gotham is coming to UK shores this autumn
tvGotham, episode 2, review
First woman: Valentina Tereshkova
peopleNASA guinea pig Kate Greene thinks it might fly
Chris Grayling, Justice Secretary: 'There are pressures which we are facing but there is not a crisis'

Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?

Life and Style
The charity Sands reports that 11 babies are stillborn everyday in the UK
lifeEleven babies are stillborn every day in the UK, yet no one speaks about this silent tragedy
Blackpool is expected to become one of the first places to introduce the Government’s controversial new Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs)

Parties threaten resort's image as a family destination

Life and Style
Northern soul mecca the Wigan Casino
fashionGone are the punks, casuals, new romantics, ravers, skaters, crusties. Now all kids look the same
Life and Style

I Am Bread could actually be a challenging and nuanced title

Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Salisbury ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities

The city is home to one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, along with the world’s oldest mechanical clock
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album