BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- Sean Edwards, a promising British driver and the son of former Formula One driver Guy Edwards, died Tuesday in a crash during training. He was 26.

Edwards, the Supercup Championship leader, was in the passenger seat as an instructor at a private training session at Queensland Raceway, Porsche Motorsport said.

The car was being driven by a 20-year-old local driver when it crashed into a tire wall and caught fire. The driver was seriously injured.

Sean Edwards was recently involved in director Ron Howard's movie "Rush" about the 1976 Formula One season. Guy Edwards was one of the drivers who helped pull Niki Lauda from his burning vehicle during the 1976 German Grand Prix.

Hartmut Kristen, Head of Motorsport at Porsche, called Sean Edwards "one of the most popular and successful" drivers in the Porsche series. Edwards won the Nurburgring and Dubai 24 Hours this year.

"Sean was a hugely promising young racer who came through the junior formulas in Britain before making a career in international sports car racing," the British Motor Sports Association said.

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