Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Son of Lauda Saviour Dies in Porsche

Sean Edwards, the 26yr old son of former F1 driver Guy Edwards was killed at a Queensland racing circuit near Brisbane, Australia when riding as an instructor in a Porsche 996 GT3 racecar with the 20yr old "student" being seriously injured and currently in hospital...

Ironically Sean played his father Guy in Ron Howard's RUSH, as Guy was one of the four drivers who gallantly pulled Niki Lauda out of his Scuderia Ferrari inferno at ze Nurburgring during the 1976 German Grand Prix.

Guy began his F1 career by landing the second seat at Embassy Hill Racing alongside double world champion Graham Hill before breaking his wrist in an F5000 event. Then returned to F1 two years later, reportedly bringing sponsorship to Hesketh, then running under the Penthouse Rizla Racing banner in '76 which helped the team live on for another two lackluster seasons, albeit a far cry from the heady days of the Hunt era.

Edwards went onto win two rounds of the World Sportscar Championship in 1981 along with focusing upon a career as a sponsorship hunter, having landed Silk Cut for Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) and Castrol for its IMSA efforts before bringing Castrol to Lotus in '93 as the team's Director of Marketing...

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