[VIDEO] Allan Simonsen Dies in a Crash at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
At 3:09 (CEST) 34-year-old Danish racing driver Allan Simonsen (Number 95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE) suffered a crash on the fourth lap of the 24 Hours of Le Man near the Tertre Rouge corner when he hit the safety barriers. Allan Simonsen has since died from his injuries.
Immediately after the accident, Simonsen was attended by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s doctors and medical team. Shortly thereafter, in serious condition, he was transferred to the Circuit Medical Center. Unfortunately, his injuries were too severe.
This was Allan Simonsen’s seventh Le Mans. Our deepest condolences go out the Simonsen’s family, friends and teammates, Christoffer Nygaard and Kristian Poulsen. For more information, please see the official statement below. Also, below is a video excerpt from the race showing Allan Simonsen’s fatal crash.
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.