We didn’t prepare this but its ended up being a Sean Edwards week here at oneighturbo! At 26 years of age, Englishman, Sean Edwards is having an extensive effect on American motorsport fans. He has quickly become a front-runner in both Grand-Am and ALMS racing and his name is synonymous with Porsche Supercup and Carrera Cup Championships. Last year, Edwards was even able to play a part in Ron Howard’s movie Rush where he represented his daddy. Edwards is coming off an awesome Supercup win last weekend and heading into the “Green Hell” for this weekends Nurburgring 24 Hour.
Thank you for accepting sit down and chat with us for a bit. Let’s begin by getting our readers up to speed with a little bit of your background.
Your dad, Guy Edwards, had eleven Formula1 starts and I believe 9 24 Hours of LeMans starts in everything from 935’s to 956’s and 962’s. It would be a safe bet that your dad’s love for Motorsport helped to peak your interest in supporting the wheel. Did his association with Porsche have anything to do with your love for the brand and can you keep in mind the very first Porsche you saw that might have affected your love for these amazing vehicles?
Yes I always grew up around motorsport so it remained in my blood. He stopped racing at Le Mans a year before I was born so the association with Porsche didn’t originated from there. It was really by off-chance that a motorist coach of mine Steve Warburton had a Porsche 996 GT3 and wished to race it, so we paired up and won the race, I then did FIA GT3 the year after and won it. The rest is history as they say!
You began in the sport with some really excellent results in the French and Italian Karting Championships. Did you ever consider going down the open wheel course with Formula1 as the supreme objective?
— Yes I began with FFord and F Renault, however I didn’t have adequate sponsorship to make the next step to F3, so I made the decision with my papa to change to GT’s in 2005 to see if I might earn a living there, after taking a year out to complete my college examinations.
At what age did you first recognize that Sports Cars and Stamina Racing were the paths that you wished to take? We are likewise curious when you first understood that racing might be more than simply a pastime for you. Existed a specific minute that you can remember thinking, “This is going to be my life.” And if there was can you describe the feeling?
— At 18 we chose to change paths. Because I was 4 years of ages it’s all I ever wished to do, I had nothing else on my mind and would do anything to achieve it. I are among the lucky few that have actually succeeded to end up being a completely paid professional motorist and I remind myself of that all the time, it’s a great job! It was an excellent feeling when I got my very first salary, all those years of hard work had actually lastly paid off, it was in 2008.
Avoiding forward in time to 2005, we saw your debut in the British GT Champion with a pole, Quickest Lap and Win in the Silverstone 2 Hour British GT occasion. You were driving a 996 GT3 Cup automobile in that event. You checked a Porsche at Silverstone previously that season. Was it the exact same car you won that event with and was this the car that sparked your relationship with Porsche?
Taking it home
Actually no, there is a funny story. Stephen’s automobile had an engine restore but in fact exploded when he started it the day prior to the race weekend began. But we had a contract to do the race and he took out every favor in the book to protect an automobile from Motorbase for the weekend, I am very happy he did as it was the start of an excellent relationship with Porsche.