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

  1. Jonathan S said on 23rd June 2013, 16:26

    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!

    • Theo (@theogregoire) said on 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.

  2. rankx (@rankx22) said on 23rd June 2013, 20:00

    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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