Sean Edwards (racing driver)

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Sean Edwards
Sean Edwards portrait 2013.png
Edwards at the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany on the Nürburgring in 2013.
Nationality  British
Born (1986-12-06)6 December 1986
London, England, United Kingdom
Died 15 October 2013(2013-10-15) (aged 26)
Willowbank, Queensland, Australia
Related to Guy Edwards (father)
Porsche Supercup
Years active 2008, 201013
Teams Konrad Motorsport
Tolimit Motorsport
Starts 50
Wins 8
Poles 6
Fastest laps 7
Best finish 2nd in 2013
Previous series
200609
200709
2010–12
201112
201213
FIA GT3 European Championship
FIA GT Championship
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany
American Le Mans Series
Rolex Sports Car Series
Championship titles
2006 FIA GT3 European Championship
Edwards at the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup on the Hockenheimring in 2010.

Sean Lawrence Guy Edwards (6 December 1986 − 15 October 2013) was an English professional racing driver, whose career highlight was winning as co-driver the 2013 Nurburgring 24 Hours.[1] He died as a passenger in a private testing incident in October 2013, at a raceway in Queensland, Australia.[1][2]

Early and personal life[edit]

Edwards was born in London on 6 December 1986, the son of racing driver Guy Edwards. He was educated at Wellington College and Cherwell College in Oxford. He lived and was based in Monaco.[3]

Career[edit]

Edwards started racing at the age of eleven taking part in karting competitions.[3]

After gaining fourth place in the 2003 British Formula Ford Championship, he gained 5th in the 2004 Formula Renault UK, and fifth in the 2005 British GT Championship.[1]

Moving to Monaco, he then undertook drives in various years of the FIA GT3 European Championship, the Porsche Supercup (latterly with Team Allyouneed) and the American Le Mans Series (with MOMO NGT Motorsport).[4] In May 2013 he won the Nurburgring 24 Hours, his first major victory in endurance racing, driving a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 alongside Bernd Schneider, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Nicki Thiim.[1]

One of the first professional racing drivers to embrace Sim racing as a means of development and training, in 2012 he assisted with the racing scenes in Ron Howard's film Rush, about the battle between James Hunt and Niki Lauda in the 1976 Formula One season. The younger Edwards also portrayed his father in several scenes of the film, the latter being among the drivers who pulled Lauda from the burning wreckage of his formula one racing car during the 1976 German Grand Prix.[2]

Death[edit]

On 15 October 2013, Edwards was killed in a crash during a private session at Queensland Raceway in Willowbank, Queensland, Australia as a passenger whilst instructing Will Holzheimer of Dellow Racing in a Porsche 996 Supercup car.[1][2][5] Holzheimer was treated at Royal Brisbane Hospital for injuries and burns.[5]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2003 British Formula Ford 12 1  –  – 4  – 4th
2004 Formula Renault UK 20  –  –  –  –  – 5th
2005 British GT 4  –  –  –  –  – 5th
2006 FIA GT3 European Championship Tech9 Motorsport 10 3  –  – 7 54 1st
2007 FIA GT Championship (GT2) Tech9 Motorsport 10 0  –  – 1 24.5 15th
2008 Porsche Supercup Konrad Motorsport 11 2  –  – 4 96 5th
FIA GT Championship (Citation Cup) ARC Bratislava 2 0 0 0 0 0
2009 FIA GT3 European Championship Mühlner Motorsport/Trackspeed Racing 4 0 0  –  – 1 56th
Le Mans Series ARC Bratislava 1 0 0  –  –  –  –
2010 Porsche Supercup Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit 10 1 1  – 3 95 6th
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany Team Deutsche Post by tolimit 7 0 0  – 1 68 8th
2011 Porsche Supercup Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit 11 1 1  – 4 140 4th
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany Team Deutsche Post by tolimit 9 2 1  – 6 130 2nd
American Le Mans Series NGT Motorsport 2 0 1 1 2 41 13th
2012 Porsche Supercup Konrad Motorsport 10 1 1  – 5 107 5th
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany Team Deutsche Post by tolimit 17 5 8  – 11 233 2nd
American Le Mans Series MOMO NGT Motorsport 1 0 1 1 0 6 31st

Complete Porsche Supercup results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Points
2008 Konrad Motorsport Porsche 997 GT3 BHR
13
BHR
11
ESP
12
TUR
Ret
MON
3
FRA
13
GBR
1
GER
10
HUN
Ret
ESP
12
BEL
1
ITA
6
5th 96
2010 Team Abu Dhabi by Tolimit Porsche 997 GT3 BHR
8
BHR
15
ESP
12
MON
10
TUR
5
GBR
12
GER
19
HUN
2
BEL
1
ITA
2
6th 95
2011 Team Abu Dhabi by Tolimit Porsche 997 GT3 TUR
4
ESP
1
MON
3
NNS
4
GBR
10
NÜR
3
HUN
3
BEL
6
ITA
Ret
UAE
6
UAE
4
4th 140
2012 Konrad Motorsport Porsche 997 GT3 BHR
2
BHR
14
MON
1
VAL
2
GBR
3
GER
Ret
HUN
3
HUN
DSQ
BEL
5
ITA
DSQ
5th 107
2013 Team Allyouneed by Project Porsche 991 ESP
1
MON
1
GBR
4
GER
4
HUN
1
BEL
2
ITA
5
UAE UAE 2nd 118

Complete Porsche Carrera Cup Germany results[edit]

(key)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 DC Pts
2009 Hermes ATTEMPTO Racing Porsche 997 GT3 HOC LAU NOR ZAN OSC NÜR CAT
5
DIJ HOC
2
NC‡ 0‡
2010 Team Deutsche Post by tolimit Porsche 997 GT3 HOC
10
VAL LAU
4
NOR
14
NÜR
2
ZAN
5
BRH OSC
4
HOC
Ret
8th 68
2011 Team Deutsche Post by tolimit Porsche 997 GT3 HOC
3
ZAN
5
RBR
3
LAU
2
NNS
3
NOR
1
NÜR
18
OSC
5
HOC
1
2nd 130
2012 Team Deutsche Post by tolimit Porsche 997 GT3 HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

1
LAU
1

3
LAU
2

1
NNS
2
RBR
1

11
RBR
2

1
NOR
1

3
NOR
2

6
NÜR
1

4
NÜR
2

2
ZAN
1

1
ZAN
2

3
OSC
1

2
OSC
2

1
HOC
1

DSQ
HOC
2

5
2nd 233
2013 Team Deutsche Post by Project 1 Porsche 997 GT3 HOC
1

2
HOC
2

2
NNS
6
RBR
1

3
RBR
2

13
LAU
1

4
LAU
2

2
NOR
1

9
NOR
2

3
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

29†
OSC
1

8
OSC
2

22
ZAN
1

18
ZAN
2

6
HOC
1
HOC
2
6th 162

Did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

As a guest driver Edwards was ineligible for championship points.

Complete 24 Hours of Spa results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2007 United Kingdom Tech9 Motorsport Germany Sascha Maassen
Russia Leo Machitski
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR GT2 501 11th 3rd

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2012 Belgium Prospeed Competition Saudi Arabia Abdulaziz al Faisal
United States Bret Curtis
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR GTE
Am
180 DNF DNF

Complete 24 Hours of Dubai results[edit]

Year Class No Car Team Co-Drivers Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2010 A6 4 Porsche 997 GT3 RSR
Porsche 4.0L Flat-6
Slovakia ARC Bratislava Slovakia Miro Konôpka
United Kingdom Oliver Morley
Austria Richard Cvörnjek
87 DNF DNF
2011 A6 18 Porsche 997 GT3 R
Porsche 4.0L Flat-6
United Arab Emirates tolimit Arabia United Arab Emirates Khaled Al Qubaisi
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
Germany Sascha Maassen
583 4th 4th
2012 A6 3 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3
Mercedes-AMG 6.3L V8
United Arab Emirates Team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon United Arab Emirates Khaled Al Qubaisi
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
Germany Thomas Jäger
628 1st 1st
2013 A6-Pro 1 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3
Mercedes-AMG 6.3L V8
United Arab Emirates Team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon United Arab Emirates Khaled Al Qubaisi
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
Germany Bernd Schneider
600 1st 1st

Complete Nürburgring 24 Hours results[edit]

Year Class No Tyres Car Team Co-Drivers Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2012 SP9 15 D Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3
Mercedes-AMG 6.3L V8
Germany Black Falcon Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
Germany Manuel Metzger
Germany Ralf Schall
4 DNF DNF
2013 SP9 9 D Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3
Mercedes-AMG 6.3L V8
Germany Black Falcon Germany Bernd Schneider
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
Denmark Nicki Thiim
88 1st 1st

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