DEATH TRAP BLAME Inquest told track’s gravel ditch failed to stop speeding car
THE father of a 20-year-old who crashed his high-speed racing car, killing a professional driver, has expressed his remorse and blamed the track’s gravel “trap” for the horror crash.
David Holzheimer told an inquest into the death of Sean Edwards that the 996 series Porsche GT3 Cup car “should have pulled up”, rather than smashing into a concrete wall at high speed.
The wealthy engineer, who runs Dellow Racing, said the death of Edwards, who was in the passenger seat, and his own son Will’s serious injuries, had been “horrific” for his family.
“It’s very unfortunate for Sean ... the c car was probablyb bl designed for one person and maybe not to have a passenger in there,” he said.
“Maybe there have got to be some big changes in motor racing.”
Mr Holzheimer said he hired Edwards to fly to Queensland from Monaco in October 2013 to coach his sons Chris and Will, booking out the entire Queensland Raceway at Willowbank.
Edwards’ GoPro camera filmed the entire accident from inside the car.
Mr Holzheimer suggested to Deputy State Coroner John Lock that perhaps coaches should use technology to teach drivers remotely.
Mr Holzheimer said after the car crashed he rushed over to try to help put out the fire and save his son.
Mr Holzheimer had hired the Queensland Raceway at Willowbank up to 15 times before as part of his expensive hobby.
“We spared no expense on the car,” Mr Holzheimer said.
The inquiry was told Edwards was not wearing a full face helmet, a balaclava or gloves and his race seat and harness was not the same as that of the driver.
Mr Holzheimer said the racetrack’s gravel trap, designed to slow down cars when they left the racetrack, was too “easy to drive on” when it should “bog” the car’s wheels.
Edwards, who was 26 when he died, was the son of Guy Edwards, a well-known driver from the UK who competed in three Formula One races.
Edwards died of severe head, pelvic and limb injuries, which a pathologist believed caused massive blood loss.
It was Edwards’ first trip to Australia and he had tweeted about his excitement to visit.