Published Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Sean Edwards, who featured in the film Rush as his dad Guy Edwards. (© @SeanEdwardsR)
The 26-year-old was killed when the vehicle he was a passenger in hit a barrier at the Queensland raceway in Willowbank and burst into flames.
He had been taking part in a two-day coaching session for young drivers.
The driver of the Porsche - a 20-year-old man from Brisbane - survived, but has suffered severe injuries and burns and is being treated in hospital.
The motorsport community has been rocked by the tragedy.
"Top man and super talented racer, condolences to his nearest and dearest," former F1 star David Coulthard said on Twitter.
Sean was a hugely promising young racer who came through the junior formulas in Britain, before making a career in international sports car racing.
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Northern Ireland's Superbike rider Eugene Laverty also expressed shock at the news.
"This morning I woke up to the tragic news of Sean Edwards. A really nice guy taken from us too soon. Rest In Peace, Sean," he tweeted.
Sean Edwards had spoken about his excitement to be in Australia just days before the crash.
"First time to Aus, have heard great things so looking forward to my two days there!" he had posted to Facebook on Saturday.
One of the UK's top drivers, Sean Edwards had been leading the 2013 Porsche Supercup championship, with wins at the Nurburgring and Dubai 24 Hours events earlier this year.
"Our thoughts are with his family and we want to express our deepest condolences to his relatives," Porsche Head of Motorsport, Hartmut Kristen, said in a statement from Germany.
Sean Edwards' father Guy memorably pulled Austrian driver Niki Lauda from the wreckage of his burning Ferrari following his crash at the Nurburgring in 1976.
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