UK motor racing driver killed

British motor racing driver Sean Edwards has been killed after the Porsche he was a passenger in reportedly hit barriers at Queensland Raceway in Australia during a private test session.

Edwards was son of driver who saved Niki Lauda's life

British racing driver Sean Edwards, who was killed in a crash in Australia, was the son of former Formula One driver Guy, who helped pull Niki Lauda from his burning Ferrari at the 1976 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.

Niki Lauda crashed in the 1976 German Grand Prix. Credit: DPA

Sean also appeared in the recently-released film Rush, playing his father.

British racing driver was a passenger in fatal crash

British racing driver Sean Edwards died when the Porsche in which he was a passenger instructing a 20-year-old male, hit a wall and caught fire.

The wreckage of the car in Queensland, Australia. Credit: Reuters

Monaco-based Edwards, who was leading the drivers' championship in the 2013 Porsche Supercup season with one race to go, was reportedly taking part in a coaching day at the time.

Edwards was instructing a 20-year-old man at the time of the crash. Credit: Reuters

The driver of the Porsche reportedly suffered severe injuries.

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British motor sport racing driver killed in Australia crash

The governing body for UK motor sports has paid tribute to a "hugely promising" young driver from London killed in a crash. Sean Edwards was a passenger in a Porsche when it reportedly hit the barriers at Queensland Raceway in Australia, during a private test session.

Sean Edwards (left) seen in May at Nuerburgring in Germany following a race

Sean Edwards is the son of Guy Edwards, the British former Formula 1 driver. He wasborn in London but was living in Monaco. He was the 2013 Porsche supercup championship leader.

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Motor Sports Association 'shocked' by driver's death

The Motor Sports Association is shocked and saddened by the loss of British racing driver Sean Edwards, who died in an accident on Tuesday in Australia.

He was 26.

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.

– Motor Sports Association statement