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Allan Simonsen Dies in Crash at Le Mans: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Allan Simonsen Dies Dead Death Crash Le Mans.

Allan Simonsen, 34, the famed Danish car racing driver has died at Le Mans in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, reports Fox Sports. The crash footage can be viewed below.

The racer was driving an Aston Martin Raving Vantage V8, when he lost control at Tetre Rouge and crashed into the barriers, Simonsen was starting the race in pole position.

This is a breaking story so please stay tuned to updates.

Here’s what we know so far…

1. He Did Not Die at the Scene

Paramedics from Automobile Club de l’Ouest medical service ran to Simonsen’s aid after the crash, he was quickly transported to a local medical center where he died of his injuries. The dash-cam of the driver who was placed behind Simonsen can be viewed above.


2. He Was Driving an Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Allan Simonsen Dies Dead Death Crash Le Mans.

Simonsen had been due to share the Aston Martin V8 Vantage he was driving with fellow Danish drivers Christoffer Nygaard and Kristian Poulsen.

His car spun out of control about ten minutes into the race and collided with safety barriers. This was his seventh time competing in the race.


3. He Was One of the Most Respected GT Racers

Allan Simonsen Dies Dead Death Crash Le Mans.

Greg Murphy (R) driver of the #11 Pepsi Max Crew Holden celebrates with co driver Allan Simonsen after taking pole position in the Top 10 shootout for the Bathurst 1000, which is round 10 of the V8 Supercars Championship Series at Mount Panorama on October 8, 2011 in Bathurst, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Simonsen was considered one of the most versatile drivers in GT racing, and has raced all across the world including Australia and the US.


4. Nobody Has Died at Le Mans in 16 Years

Allan Simonsen Dies Dead Death Crash Le Mans.

Greg Murphy (R) driver of the #11 Pepsi Max Crew Holden celebrates with co driver Allan Simonsen after taking pole position in the Top 10 shootout for the Bathurst 1000, which is round 10 of the V8 Supercars Championship Series at Mount Panorama on October 8, 2011 in Bathurst, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

His death is the first at Le Mans since Sebastien Enjolras was killed in 1997 during pre-qualifying, Enjolras’ car overturned and burst into flames. Jo Gartner was the last to be killed during an active race in 1986. Gartner hit barriers at 160 miles per hour.


5. Race Organizers Have Expressed Their Deepest Condolences to his Family

Race officials, Automobile Club de l’Ouest, who organized the race released a statement saying:

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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