After driver dies last year, Aston Martin team takes 24 Hours of Le Mans class title

SILVERSTONE, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 18: The #95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8 driven by Kristian Poulsen and Nikki Thim of Denmark during practice for the FIA World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Silverstone sportscar race at the Silverstone Circuit on April 18, 2014 in Northampton, England.

Last year in the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans race, Aston Martin driver Allen Simonsen crashed on his fourth lap of the race and was killed.

This year, his team won the race.

The No. 95 Aston Martin Young Driver AMR V8 Vantage GTE won the GTE Am class by two laps at the famed French circuit. The race began Saturday morning in the United States and ended Sunday morning.

We have achieved what we were aiming for last year but didn't succeed,” owner Jan Struve said (via “We have now fulfilled it and we know that Allan has been cheering for us and smiling down on us and, of course, he has been in our thoughts. This win is extremely important to us and I'm proud of all of the team and drivers. They are all Le Mans winners.”

The No. 95 was driven in 2014 by David Heinemeier Hansson, Nicki Thiim and Kristian Poulsen.

Former F1 driver Mark Webber's team was forced to retire from the race in its final stages. As Webber prepared to pilot the Porsche to the finish, the engine had issues. Audi finished 1-2 for the manufacturer's 13th overall victory in the race.

Webber was replaced at Red Bull Renault in F1 by Daniel Ricciardo, who got his first win at Montreal last week. Ricciardo drives the No. 3 car in Formula 1 as a tribute to Dale Earnhardt.

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