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Race cars should only have one seat, inquest hears

THE FATHER of a man who was driving a racing car when it crashed and killed his passenger, English professional driver Sean Edwards, has suggested racing cars should be designed for only one person.

Dellow Racing director, David Holzheimer, employed Mr Edwards to coach his sons in October 2013.

Mr Edwards was a passenger in a 2004 Porsche 996 GT3 Cup Car while William Holzheimer was driving at Queensland Raceway, near Ipswich.

On their final lap the car crashed head-on into a tyre barrier and concrete wall before bursting into flames.

Mr Edwards died and the driver was taken to hospital and survived but suffered significant injuries.

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

Mr Holzheimer said both men could have died if they were in a different vehicle.

"The car is probably designed for one person," he said. "Maybe they shouldn't have a second seat in it."

His son will give evidence later this week.

When asked what he thought needed to be changed to stop the same tragedy occurring again, Mr Holzheimer said the investigation also should look at what his son went through.

"As a father of a son who was put through what he was put through in the last 18 months has been very horrific and of course I want to help make changes if I can," he said.

He said a driver's gear and apparel were important and questioned whether instructors needed to sit in the car with a driver.

Technology could be installed to allow instructors to remain out of the car and examine a car's data to see what a driver needed to improve on after a few laps, he said.

The inquest heard there could have been several causes of the crash, including an obstruction in the throttle or a problem with the anti-lock braking system (ABS).

"Anything is possible," Mr Holzheimer said.

He said it was possible something could have jammed in the throttle.

He also said the ABS was always on in the vehicle and that there could have been a "lockout" in the anti-lock braking system.

"Maybe there shouldn't have been ABS in this car," he said.

The inquest continues this week.


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