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On 15 October 2013, professional racing driver Sean Edwards was tragically killed at a little-known circuit in eastern Australia. His death may have been avoided had more staunch safety procedures been followed.

The foundation that now bears his name is working to prevent such consequences by lobbying for, implementing and promoting a number of essential driver and track safety initiatives, as well as a change in general attitudes.

We invite you to join our campaign.


The Foundation

Fast + Safe = Success

Established by his mother, Daphne Mckinley Edwards, and with the support of major governing bodies and partners, the Sean Edwards Foundation aims to implement initiatives that educate drivers about safety within their sport.

Motor racing is inherently dangerous. While the quest for better safety standards in terms of technology and procedure continues, the determining factor remains the same as it has for a century: the human behind the wheel.

Humans make mistakes. Not locking a wheel, turning in late or running wide exiting a corner, but the sort of mistake that’s often borne out of complacency towards their personal safety.

Sean was stringent on the subject of driver safety when coaching, but he still paid the ultimate sacrifice. It is the re-setting of drivers’ attitudes towards their racing and coaching that now motivates SEF in its campaign for greater appreciation of personal safety and responsibility. To this end, SEF will focus on the following initiatives: Fast Track, SET and Accident Support.

Did you know?

The charity’s hashtag, #jump4SEF, is inspired by Sean’s trademark podium leap whenever he won a race.

Spread the SEF message by copying Sean’s jump and posting the photo across social media.


SEF has identified a number of initiatives including the banning of open-faced helmets, the banning of non-compliant passenger seating, insurance industry lobbying, an industry wide safety cell campaign and a Sean Edwards Memorial Trophy.

Fast Track


Accident Support

Ban Open-faced Helmets

Ban Non-compliant Passenger Seats

Insurance Lobbying

Safety Cell Campaign



Sean convinced me at the Carrera Cup race in Zandvoort on 28 September 2013. I had observed and guided him for years, and in doing so experienced his special and unique characteristics, through which he was capable of optimally constructing an understanding of the situation of any given moment on the track. He used the race track more effectively than others. He learned the tracks more quickly than others. He quickly and optimally analysed the on-track situation in racing and implemented that analysis, in combination with his speed, in remarkable overtaking moves
He could do it better than the rest. In Zandvoort, I became a fan.”
- Hans-Bernd Kamps – Project 1

Sean wasn’t like other professional racing drivers. Talented and successful, his integrity, special character and enterprise were revered by teammates, peers, pupils, friends and family alike.

But what really set Sean apart was his concern for safety, whether when racing competitively or – more pertinently – driver coaching. His father Guy Edwards, a former Formula 1 driver, was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for helping save Niki Lauda’s life at the 1976 German Grand Prix, an example that clearly resonated with Sean.

Many amateur and gentleman drivers turn to professionals for guidance. It’s big business in motor racing but, when it comes to diligence and procedures, the safety of venues and cars, as well as attitudes, often lag behind those of regulated championships.

That certainly appears to be the case on 15 October 2013 when Sean was killed at Queensland Raceway. Although a staunch advocate of safety he still paid the ultimate price.

The family continues to await finalisation of matters in Australia, but firmly believe that several key and utterly preventable elements caused his death. The Sean Edwards Foundation will address these in due course.

Meeting Sean was one of those moments in life that you never forget. He came to my attention during the final round of British GT in 2005. Given his limited experience in the GT category, his speed was immediately obvious. The following year, I had planned an entry to run three of the new model 997 GT3 Cup in the newly formed FIA sanctioned GT3 European Championship. I made it my mission to ensure he was in one of my cars!
The year that we had together was most memorable, in this new Multi-Marque Championship we were the underdogs, the Porsche was often outpaced for sheer speed by the other entries, but dogged determination and fantastic performances by Sean at the wheel gave us the Team Championship, and the Drivers title for Sean, an incredible performance and achievement for a 19 year old in his first season of GT Racing.
I look back with fond memories and fun times, the nickname ‘Shedwards’ was endeared to him. Sean really knew how to build relationships with other team drivers and was very much admired and respected by all the crew.
The foundations were set for his career to develop, giving him the arena to market his coaching skills and develop his own Worldwide network of contacts.
Our time progressed through 2007, with memorable performances in the FIA GT Championship driving our 997 GT2 RSR, the highlight being a podium finish in the Spa 24hrs, his night time performances in the wet were simply stunning I continued to guide him through 2009 and 2010 and introduced him into the Porsche Supercup. He now had the platform that he deserved to showcase his talents and establish himself as one of the World leading Porsche drivers, a goal that we had discussed and dreamt about during our time together.
Sean is very much missed. A great friend, whenever we met up – we always shared a laugh and a joke. It makes me very proud to have been involved in the early years of his career and cherish my memories of the amazing times that we had together.
RIP Sean x.”
- Phil Hinley- Tech 9


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The Sean Edwards Foundation has the support of a number of high profile industry organisations, manufacturers and ambassadors.

"I got to know Sean really well during our Dubai 24-Hour victory in 2013 and soon realised that he would be so much more than merely a team-mate to me. We then began ? along with Jeroen ? to meticulously prepare for the Nurburgring 24 Hours. We badly wanted to win the race together. Not only were we an incredible team of three that shared the same goal, we were friends. The memories of the party with Sean following our victory are among the most beautiful and fondest of my career. We all lost a close friend on October 15th 2013, and not a day has passed since that I don?t think of him."

- Bernd Schneider

"Motorsport is our passion, it?s our life. But as we all value our lives, it should be safe, too. I?m very thankful that SEF is working to implement a number of safety initiatives. It won?t help those already lost, but hopefully it will save lives in the future. Sean was such a happy and nice person ? we don?t want to lose any more of his kind. Hopefully SEF?s work will bear fruit. Let?s all jump for Sean!"

- Susie Wolff

"Losing Sean made us all realise how vulnerable we are, therefore it?s important to continue working on improving safety. Motorsport has become far safer in recent years, but we have to keep moving forward. It?s pleasing to see people continuously make an effort to improve safety standards, which I?m sure will help professional and amateur drivers worldwide."

- Jeroen Bleekemolen

"The loss of Sean hit me hard. I had always looked up to him and will do so forever. His speed and car control always impressed me. We mustn?t forget that motor racing is dangerous, so I?m very happy that SEF is working to advance the sport?s safety, and that I can be a part of it."

- Philipp Eng

"Sean?s terrible accident had a big impact on me, and not only because I lost a personal friend. It changed my attitude towards safety standards while racing and coaching. SEF is a great way to keep his name alive and draw attention to making the sport he loved ? and also the tutoring of other drivers ? safer."

- Christian Engelhart

"I'm proud to say that I knew Sean for a long time after we first met at school. Sean was a great racing driver with fantastic skills, which he used to win race after race. But to me he was more than just a great racing driver: he was a fantastic friend and young man who was always a pleasure to be around, full of energy and happiness. He always had an eye for safety in motorsport and how it could be improved. That's why I'm so proud to support SEF and see Sean's legacy live on through the foundation"

- Maro Engel

"Motorsport safety is of paramount concern, both now and for the future, and we must thank those who've made an invaluable contribution to achieving the current high standards. Unfortunately, some lessons are learned the hard way when we lose those closest to us, but hopefully we can address these issues. My prayers go out to all families who have lost a loved one in this sport."

- Khaled Al Qubaisi

"Working with Sean was great fun; you were always guaranteed a laugh with him. He was relaxed, professional, highly respected and he created a fantastic atmosphere within the team. You knew there would be a good chance of victory if you had him onboard. Winning alongside Sean was simply brilliant."

- Sean Paul Breslin, Team Principal at Black Falcon

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