In the movie “Rush”, there are a number little gems for racing insiders to enjoy, like the real Jochen Mass, now 67, driving a replica of his 1976 McLaren. Another stunt performer in the film was racing driver Sean Edwards, who was portraying his father, the former F1 driver Guy Edwards – who was among the four drivers who stopped to rescue Niki Lauda from his fiery Nurburgring crash.
In a sad twist, however, Sean Edwards was killed today (Oct. 15) in a fiery testing accident at Queensland Raceway near Brisbane, Australia. He was 26.
Track officials said Edwards was acting as an instructor for a 20-year-old Brisbane man, who lost control of his Porsche 996 and slammed into a barrier. Edwards, strapped into the passenger seat, was believed to have been killed instantly, although it was difficult to tell since the car exploded in flames which took quite a long time to extinguish. It took three hours to extricate the driver from the wreckage, rescue crews said.
Edwards, movie star-handsome and with charisma to match, had scored several major victories this year and held a sizable points lead in the Porsche Supercup series standings, with only one race remaining on this year’s calendar. Porsche issued a statement expressing its “immense regret” and “deep mourning” over Edwards’ death.
October 15, 2013