Sad news today for the motorsport community. Allan Simonsen died today following a crash during the 2013 24 hours of Le Mans. He was 34.
The Danish driver took a hard hit against the barrier – but it was reported to be awake and talking with medics.
It is not clear for the moment what exactly cause the crash – as his Aston Martin racing car shown no contact with other vehicle. For the moment we don’t have a clear video showing the crash.
Here is the official statement from the Automobile Club de l’Ouest:
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.