Allan Simonsen dies from injuries suffered during crash at 24 Hours of Le Mans

Nick Bromberg
June 22, 2013

Allan Simonsen died after he was injured in a crash on his fourth lap of the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Saturday according to race officials.

Simonsen was 34. He was making his seventh 24 Hours of Le Mans start. Simonsen was driving the No. 95 Aston Martin and crashed in the Tertre Rouge corner of the Circuit de la Sarthe at Le Mans, France.

"The driver was immediately attended on the scene by the doctors from the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s Medical Service," an official statement from the race said.

"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."

Simonsen's car started first in the LM GTE Am class and when his car started to snap loose on the damp and slick track, it immediately snapped back to the left has he corrected and slid into a steel barrier.

The race was under caution for almost an hour following the crash to replace the barrier. A tree sits behind the barrier where Simonsen crashed and the impact from the guardrail sheared the bark off the tree.