We’d written our Petit Le Mans GT and GTC class previews in advance earlier this week, so that failed to take into account the tragic events in Australia that claimed the life of British rising star Sean Edwards.
Edwards’ GTC team in the American Le Mans Series, NGT Motorsport, announced Wednesday it will pay tribute to its fallen driver with the news it has withdrawn its No. 30 MOMO Porsche GT3 Cup car from Petit. Henrique Cisneros, Jakub “Kuba” Giermaziak and Mario Farnbacher were scheduled to drive, and were the defending race winners in the GTC class.
“Obviously we had very sad and shocking news,” team owner/manager Ramez Wahab said in a statement. “We still can’t believe it. Our buddy Sean passed away.
“We thought it was the most appropriate thing to do, to withdraw the car in Sean’s honor. We just don’t feel it would be right to enter the car, with the many memories of Sean, and because we miss him already.”
The team’s second car, No. 31, will race as scheduled with drivers Angel Andres Benitez Jr., Nicolas Armindo and Christina Nielsen.
Coupled with earlier withdrawals of Starworks Motorsport’s PC car and TRG’s second GTC car, the Petit field is now at 34 cars, with eight of them in the GTC class. All cars will run with a helmet decal paying tribute to Edwards, as designed by renowned motorsports livery artist Andy Blackmore.