TRACK TRAGEDY: Emergency services workers at the scene of the crash.
TRACK TRAGEDY: Emergency services workers at the scene of the crash.

Officials search for answers after death of Sean Edwards

CRASH VICTIM: British racing driver Sean Edwards.
CRASH VICTIM: British racing driver Sean Edwards. Bildagentur Krling

THE CEO of Queensland Raceway says the track is the safest in Australia and is at a loss to explain Tuesday's horror crash.

British driver Sean Edwards, 26, was killed instantly when the Porsche he was a passenger in hit the wall at Queensland Raceway.

The car went straight ahead on a bend doing about 210kmh, crashed through a tyre wall and slammed into a cement barrier.

The 20-year-old driver, who was airlifted to Royal Brisbane Hospital, was yesterday listed as being in a critical condition.

Queensland Raceway chief executive John Tetley said the track was working with police and Workplace Health and Safety.

"The police Forensic Crash Unit will go through the car very closely to see if there is a mechanical fault or see if there was human error," Mr Tetley said.

"In 12 years the only death we had before this was in June when Chris (Mosca) came off his bike.

"We still don't understand why the car went straight ahead and didn't stop."

Making the track as safe as possible was the top priority.

"It's as safe as we can make it. We do have the safest track in Australia; we know that," he said.

"The reality is what we're doing is dangerous. There's a lot of kinetic energy.

"We'll have a look to see if we can put in another tyre wall; whether we've got room for another tyre wall."

As staff tried to come to terms with the tragedy, Mr Tetley singled out track manager Keith Lewis for special mention.

"We're all gutted. My staff did an amazing job, especially Keith, in pulling that burning car out of the tyre wall and risking their lives in doing so," he said.

"The whole world is going to miss Sean. He was on his way up; he was there, don't get me wrong, but we all knew he had a long way to go. And a nice guy as well."


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