Aston Martin Vantage V8, Le Mans, 2013

GT driver Simonsen killed in Le Mans crash

Le Mans 24 HoursPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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  1. Very sad…RIP Allan Simonsen

  2. R.I.P

    I was in fact watching this live on TV. It happened Very beginning of the race. Toyota were showing strong pace then. The cameras were on them. There were only a couple of footages shown. I thought it was not very serious. Though the white curtain was a little troublesome. Very sad shows how fragile and dangerous this sport is.

  3. I didn’t see the first 6 hours of Lemans, but very sad news to get home to, and especially the Danish camp at Lemans must be in great shock. But I agree that the race must go on. I hope Aston Martin can go on and win their class and that Tom K. in Audi 2 can pay tribute to his late country man by winning. RIP Allan, thoughts to his family, close friends, team and especially to his daughter born in 2012 and her mother.

  4. R.I.P

    Heavy crash, from the video it seemed the rollbar was bent, that shouldn’t be easy to achieve.. black day in motorsport.

    Very impressive stuff unfortunately, hopefully Aston will win both category’s pro/am in his name.

  5. Rest in Peace Simonsen. Sometimes motorsport reminds us, just how fragile life can be. Engineers can create the most sophisticated safety structures, but sometimes, it matters naught.

    Its a sad day indeed.

  6. He has a very young child :(

    Word is that there was a tree very close behind the part of the barrier he hit, like almost right up against it and he basically hit the tree as the barrier flexed.

    1. Yup that entire run is basically trees right behind the Armco, though I honestly don’t think that’s so much of a problem because it wouldn’t really be any different then hitting a solid concrete wall (it wasn’t as if the car wrapped around the tree like you see with road cars).

      1. For me it did make sense, especially if you look at the rollhoop, it’s just bent, that should’ve took quite a bang.

  7. Was seeing it from tv, couldn’t have imagined that was about a fatal crash. The news after the crash were telling that he was ok and conscious…
    Btw, this pic it’s from Bruno Senna’s car not Simonsen.

  8. Rest in peace Allan Simonsen. You lived as I wish to, doing what you love.

  9. No one should die doing this. Motor Racing is dangerous. RIP Allan Simonsen.

  10. You lived the dream. RIP Allan Simonsen

  11. There is NO WAY to make any RACING activity free of the potential for the loss of life . They continue to make improvements in all forms of racing , Danger is inherant in the sport. The drivers accept that there is a potential for disaster EVERYTIME they take to the track.
    As Earnest Hemingway saidf ” Bull fighting , Sky diving and Auto Racing are sports . Everything else is just a Game”
    God speed Allan And the other driver in the other areas that lost their lives this weekend in pursuit of their Passions!

    1. Theo (@theogregoire)
      23rd June 2013, 19:43

      “There is NO WAY to make any RACING activity free of the potential for the loss of life”

      Of course not. But there is plenty of scope to nullify ‘needless’ death.

  12. Think it comes down to too hard deceleration.
    Hit the barriers sideways, the car did not break apart, but there was nearly no buffer at all to soften the impact. From high speed to stop in 0.1sec, that is too much for the body.

    A carbon monocoque would not have helped in that case.

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