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Wise Guy: the man who helped save Niki Lauda in 1976

A driver who dragged Niki Lauda from the 1976 crash that almost ended his career is now mourning his passing from his Connemara home

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Back in the saddle: Niki Lauda behind the wheel of his Ferrari 312 T2 just over a month after a near fatal crash at Germany’s Nürburgring in August 1976. Photo by Raoul Fornezza

Back in the saddle: Niki Lauda behind the wheel of his Ferrari 312 T2 just over a month after a near fatal crash at Germany’s Nürburgring in August 1976. Photo by Raoul Fornezza

Niki Lauda and Guy Edwards catch up at Silverstone in July, 2016. 
Photo courtesy of Guy Edwards

Niki Lauda and Guy Edwards catch up at Silverstone in July, 2016. Photo courtesy of Guy Edwards

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Back in the saddle: Niki Lauda behind the wheel of his Ferrari 312 T2 just over a month after a near fatal crash at Germany’s Nürburgring in August 1976. Photo by Raoul Fornezza

British racing driver Guy Edwards says he didn't think twice when he risked his life to pull Niki Lauda from a burning Ferrari over 40 years ago. Edwards (76), who now lives in Streamstown, Connemara, said that Lauda never really talked about the accident afterwards to him, but the two men formed a strong bond.

The Austrian, three-times world champion racing driver was "the most focused man I ever met", Edwards said, speaking to Review after hearing the news of Lauda's death on Tuesday.

The British driver, who was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal for his response, sustained second degree burns to his own hands in the dramatic rescue.


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