GT driver Simonsen killed in Le Mans crash

Le Mans 24 Hours

Aston Martin Vantage V8, Le Mans, 2013Danish racing driver Allan Simonsen lost his life in a crash in the opening stages of the Le Mans 24 Hours race earlier today.

Simonsen’s Aston Martin Vantage V8 (a sister car to the one pictured) hit the barrier at Tertre Rouge ten minutes into the race. Although he was attended to quickly by medical personnel and taken to the circuit’s medical centre he succumbed to his injuries.

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest which organises th race issued the following statement:

“Allan Simonsen?s family has been informed immediately by David Richards, Principal of the Aston Martin Racing team.

“Allan Simonsen, an experienced driver aged 34, had taken part in seven 24 Heures du Mans.

“His team mates in the No.95 car were his fellow countrymen, Christoffer Nygaard and Kristian Poulsen.

“The Automobile Club de l?Ouest wishes to express its great sadness following this incident, and extends its deepest condolences to the family and those close to Allan Simonsen.

“The Automobile Club de l?Ouest will make no further statement while the exact reasons for the accident are still being wholly determined.”

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58 comments on GT driver Simonsen killed in Le Mans crash

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  1. MilleniumBug (@milleniumbug) said on 22nd June 2013, 19:08

    It has to be a freak accident, looking at the car twisted to its side and into the barriers

    • Optimaximal (@optimaximal) said on 22nd June 2013, 19:11

      There’s a YouTube clip out there showing the moment the car left the track, if not the accident.

      Looks to be a combination of driver error, bad luck and possibly component failure – it just wobbled and snapped to the left after running over the kerb and there was basically no run off to slow down in.

      • ogamii (@ogamii) said on 24th June 2013, 12:17

        There is some fan footage of the crash on youtube with a few minute leading up to it. A number of cars hit the same wet paint and lose it too. Sadly his car regains grip and he goes directly to the wall rather than spinning.

        Very sad.

  2. sushant008 (@sushant008) said on 22nd June 2013, 19:09

    RIP Allan Simonsen :(

  3. Theo (@theogregoire) said on 22nd June 2013, 19:11

    Peace and Blessings Allan Simonsen.

  4. Michael (@michaelf1) said on 22nd June 2013, 19:11

    Wow. RIP. I only saw the marshals repair the barriers but just seeing that meant that there had to be an injury to the poor man. A few bruises or fatal? Unfortuanatly he is no longer with us. The whole world of motorsport is supporting his family. But this historic race must go on…

  5. Ciaran (@ciaran) said on 22nd June 2013, 19:18

    An unfortunate reminder that motorsport still has a huge way to go to secure drivers’ safety. Rest in peace.

  6. Rigi (@rigi) said on 22nd June 2013, 19:19

    the crash didn’t look that bad, as far as i can tell by that little piece of footage, still tragic though..

  7. Xujun Zhang (@endofworld2012) said on 22nd June 2013, 19:30

    may he rest in peace !!

  8. Iestyn Davies (@fastiesty) said on 22nd June 2013, 19:39

    Hmm, part of me wonders if he was looking ahead at the incident and thus slipped off the kerb without noticing. That would have unbalanced the car and led to it veering left. Kinda reminds me of spins I’ve seen on iRacing. But it sounds like the impact was head on to the barrier? A sad outcome to what should have been a great race.

    • George (@george) said on 22nd June 2013, 19:47

      Yeah, he got onto the wet paint on the outside of the curb, oversteered and corrected, then when he came back onto the track it gripped up and spat him into the barriers on the outside of the corner. It’s possible the cars in front distracted him, he was a bit squirrelly in the preceeding corners too though.

  9. carbon_fibre (@carbon_fibre) said on 22nd June 2013, 19:41

    Wow that’s sad. Very strange to see the race carrying on like it didn’t happen. I hope AM wins in their category and dedicate the victory to him.
    I wonder if the rest of drivers have heard the news. Do you think this piece of news would affect a driver’s performance?

  10. George (@george) said on 22nd June 2013, 19:43

    It was a big crash, the news was only surprising because we were told he was conscious and talking to medical staff. Sorry for his team and family, rooting for the Astons to bring home the win now.

  11. And yet Le Man goes on. The unforgiving de la sarthe…

  12. celeste (@celeste) said on 22nd June 2013, 20:07

    Rest in Peace Allan Simonsen, thoughts with his family, friends and team

  13. the_sigman (@sigman1998) said on 22nd June 2013, 20:09

    After so many nastier crashes (like McNish’s or Davidson), I’m extremely sad to see such an accident result to a death.

  14. vaidas (@vecho) said on 22nd June 2013, 20:49

    Very sad, show that racing is still dangerous. RIP :(

  15. JackySteeg (@jackysteeg) said on 22nd June 2013, 20:57

    Tremendously sad to hear of this. Losing a fellow racing enthusiast is like losing a close friend. At least he died doing what he loves.

    I’m normally an AF Corsa fan, but I’m definitely pulling for Aston Martin today.

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