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.
— Allan Simonsen (@AllanSimonsen) June 21, 2013
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
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
Simonsen was considered one of the most versatile drivers in GT racing, and has raced all across the world including Australia and the US.
— Gideon Müller (@GideonMuller) June 22, 2013
4. Nobody Has Died at Le Mans in 16 Years
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
No words to describe this ruthless sport, R.I.P Allan Simonsen, the Motorsport heaven has gained another angel.
— Yazan Hamadeh (@Yazanhamadeh) June 22, 2013
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.