In an incredibly rare move, the drivers of the Porsche Supercup series are petitioning Porsche Motorsports to make the final round of the series, which is slated to be held at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 3, an exhibition, non-points paying race, allowing Sean Edwards to claim the title.
Edwards was killed in an accident last week when the car he was instructing in careened off track at the Queensland Raceway in Australia. If the field takes the green flag next month with a points paying event, surely another driver other than Edwards would claim the title.
Edwards currently has an 18 point lead in the championship.
The petition was started by Jon Miller, of the Pirelli World Challenge, on Change.org, a website that allows people to establish an official petition, to get it worldwide attention.
The petition states:
Porsche, you have the opportunity do something rare and very special. We are asking you to elect to hold the final two rounds of the 2013 Porsche SuperCup (rounds 8 and 9 on November 2/3 at the Yas Marina Circuit) as non-points scoring rounds.
We believe that the rightful champion of the 2013 season has already been crowned, however he won't be able to attend the final race to make it a formality. Racers and fans around the world are mourning the loss of driver, Sean Edwards, who currently leads the Supercup Championship by 18 points, with 3 wins in 7 races.
With a win being worth 20 points, and Sean never having finished lower than 5th, he was bound to be champion. If his nearest competitor were to win both races at the final round, Sean would only need to match his worst finish so far (5th) and the championship would still go to him. If Sean were to win the first race of the weekend, he could park his car and score no points during race 2 - and still be champion. Even his competitors can't argue: Sean Edwards has dominated Porsche Supercup this year. He deserves the title.
We want to make sure that Sean goes down in the record books as he was in the hearts and minds of his family, friends and competitors: a Champion. Please dedicate the final two races of Porsche Supercup to Sean Edwards, implore your drivers to race in his honor and put on a fantastic show for the fans. Pay them their prize money and hire the good ones to factory drives for next year. But do not award them any points.
Please, Porsche; make Sean Edwards your 2013 SuperCup champion and celebrate in his honor at the championship party in Abu Dabhi.
Racing fans, Porsche fans and Sean Edwards fans everywhere.
To be a part of this movement, check out the petition at: Change.org Sean Edwards Petition