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Sean Edwards: British Driver Dies In Crash
A "hugely promising" British racing driver has been killed in Australia after the car he was a passenger in smashed into a race track wall.
Sean Edwards was instructing a 20-year-old male driver in a Porsche at the time of the accident at Queensland Raceway in Willowbank, west of Brisbane.
The driver, from Brisbane, was pulled from the burning wreckage and is in intensive care with life-threatening injuries.
Edwards, 26, the son of Guy Edwards, the British former Formula 1 driver, was born in London but was living in Monaco. He was the 2013 Porsche supercup championship leader.
The Motor Sports Association (MSA) said: "The Motor Sports Association (MSA) is shocked and saddened by the loss of British racing driver Sean Edwards, who died in an accident on Tuesday in Australia.
"Sean was a hugely promising young racer who came through the junior formulas in Britain, before making a career in international sports car racing.
"He is leading the 2013 Porsche Supercup championship and had won both the Nurburgring and Dubai 24 Hours this year.
"The MSA extends its deepest sympathies to Sean's family, friends and fans at this difficult time."
Edwards had coached drivers for the acclaimed Formula 1 movie Rush, in which he also played the part of his father.
One of the scenes saw him recreate the moment Guy Edwards pulled fellow driver Nicki Lauda from a burning race car.
Just two days ago, Sean Edwards wrote on his Twitter page: "Time to hit Queensland Raceway today, should be fun, hope there aren't too many kangaroos like at Bathurst!"
Reacting to the news of Edwards' death, F1 driver Mark Webber tweeted: "Way way too early... What a talent.. Always enjoyed watching him drive at the F1 weekends. #RIPSeanEdwards."
Also on Twitter, former McLaren driver David Coulthard wrote: "Shocking news about Sean Edwards passing, top man and super talented racer, condolences to his nearest and dearest."
And another British former F1 driver, Martin Brundle, tweeted: "Terribly sad news re the death of Sean Edwards, a very talented racer. Condolences to his family and friends. Motor sport can be too cruel."