Allan Simonsen - Le Mans driver killed in 2013 raceDanish racing driver Allan Simonsen has died as a result of injuries sustained during a crash at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. According to race officials, the 34-year-old was in serious condition after the accident and was immediately rushed to a hospital, where he died shortly thereafter.

The incident took place on the fourth lap of the race. Simonsen, a seven-year veteran of Le Mans racing, spun about 10-minutes into the race, hitting safety barriers at the Tertre Rouge bend.

The No. 95 Aston Martin that Simonsen co-drove along with teammates Christoffer Nygaard and Kristian Poulsen has officially retired from the race. Our condolences to all those close to Simonsen.

A video showing the first 10 minutes of the race can be found below, though be advised that it ends with the Simonsen's accident, along with an official statement from race's governing authority, Automobile Club de l'Ouest.


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2013 24 Heures du Mans Official Statement

At 15h09 the No.95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE, driven by Allan Simonsen of Denmark, exited the track at high speed at the Tertre Rouge corner on his fourth lap of the race.

The driver was immediately attended on the scene by the doctors from the Automobile Club de l'Ouest's Medical Service.

In a serious condition, Allan Simonsen was transferred immediately to the Circuit Medical Centre where he died soon after due to his injuries.

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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      mazeroni
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Aston Martin Racing, which had entered five Vantage V8 cars between the GTE-Pro and GTE-Am classes, will continue in the race at the request of Simonsen’s family." A good way to pay tribute to Allan Simonsen. Hope they can pick up some wins in his honor.
        k_m94
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mazeroni
        Looks like they are going to win GTE-pro
          juststudent
          • 1 Year Ago
          @k_m94
          Why AM is a very good performer on racing meanwhile its road cars are less desirable in term of performance?
      Pj Taintz
      • 1 Year Ago
      sincere condolences to the family and friends. Its such a shame that generally the only time the auto racing community as a whole comes together is when we lose one of our own. RIP ~ 2013
        theautojunkie
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Pj Taintz
        ....PJ, I sure hope that's not true, I know that in the racing circles I hang with, they are more family than even my own. I think that's because of our camaraderie and the common love for the sport....
      Tim Aitch
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a sad day when a driver dies. This accident didn't look that bad but we were never shown a clear replay of what happened. As for the official statement about on-track conditions, it seems a little vague. There was a car ahead that had a spin, but it was well down the road. It might be that there was oil on the circuit, but more likely the corner was wetter than expected.   The Aston drifted wide in the right-hander, and then straddled a high sausage curb, that seemed to lift the wheels off the track. As it came off the curb the car spun to the left and went into the Armco backwards and right side in. Not much chance to use the brakes on the curb, and he was sideways after that.   Most Aston's seem to have the seat on the left hand side, but it might have been on the other side. It would be interesting to see the type of seat they were using. Formula 1 and Nascar have excellent side impact protection, including up around the head. The fatal injuries were probably due to a high g loading, but he may have been impaled by something. It seems odd that he was conscious and talking after the accident but died shortly after. Were there internal injuries that weren't treated?   In one shot I noticed a big old tree right at the point of impact. It showed signs of considerable damage. Armco isn't bad stuff to hit, as it is designed to give a lot, but if it doesn't have the space to deform it can't do its job. It seems likely that the tree took the brunt of the collision, and caused very high g forces.   So to guess, I would say there should have been proper energy absorbing barrier between the tree and the track.
        Eric
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tim Aitch
        I understand it's a big racetrack and small things are overlooked but if they know how much an Armco deforms to absorb an impact surely they'd know if a car hit at that spot with considerable speed the Armco would no have enough rooms to fully absorb the impact before the race car would slam into the tree?
        Patrick
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tim Aitch
        Pretty sure the car was left-hand drive. I had assumed it was right-hand. I hadn't heard that he was conscious and talking after the wreck, that's remarkable. Maybe he was able to get out some of his last wishes...
          Eric
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Patrick
          I believe it was Right hand, the side that took the hit.
      vrmchris
      • 1 Year Ago
      hello to all, my condolences to the simonsen family and friends. may the Holy Spirit comfort you all in this hour of tragedy. regards, vrmchris
      Chayil
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am so very sorry to hear that Allan lost his life. Anytime there is a fatality in motorsports, the entire community mourns. Allan died doing what he loved. My condolences go out to his family and friends. May God comfort his family.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tragic, though I would only be so lucky to die something I loved.
      Eric
      • 1 Year Ago
      Like the article stated be advised this shows his actual crash. But here is a few angles that show how it went wrong. Condolences to the family. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pg_oqa7ovLs
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eric
        Oh no. It was a misjudgement of the paint/kerbs as Dorsey Schraeder suggested. How awful. Thanks for the link.
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      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Peace for his family and friends. To me it looks as simple as driving over the painted stripe (very slippery) then hitting unpainted pavement again causing the backend to snap out.
      dea5787
      • 1 Year Ago
      Condolences to the family and team. Always to sad to see a life taken, especially a young one. At least he died doing what he loved. There\'s something to be said about that
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      Eric
      • 1 Year Ago
      Freaky too I just got done watching the video posted earlier here about the 10 most dangerous tracks and Le Mans just proved that it belongs on that list.
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