2013 24 Hours of Le Mans marred by death of Allan Simonsen

Aston Martin Racing's Allan Simonsen died from injures sustained in a violent, high-speed crash just nine minutes into the iconic motor racing event. The 35-year-old Dane was the first driver to die during the race since 1986.

Fernando Alonso spent the final hours of Le Mans as a spectator after a series of punishing stints at the wheel (AFP Photo/Jean-Francois MONIER)
Fernando Alonso spent the final hours of Le Mans as a spectator after a series of punishing stints at the wheel
Fernando Alonso spent the final hours of Le Mans as a spectator after a series of punishing stints at the wheel (AFP Photo/Jean-Francois MONIER)
The six drivers from the two Toyota cars celebrated together after finishing first and second at Le Mans (AFP Photo/LOIC VENANCE)
The six drivers from the two Toyota cars celebrated together after finishing first and second at Le Mans
The six drivers from the two Toyota cars celebrated together after finishing first and second at Le Mans (AFP Photo/LOIC VENANCE)
Drivers of the Toyota TS050 Hybrid No8 of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Team Sebastien Buemi of Switzerland, right, Fernando Alonso of Spain, left, and Kazuki Nakajima of Japan, celebrate after winning the 86th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Fernando Alonso wins on debut in 24 Hours Le Mans race
Drivers of the Toyota TS050 Hybrid No8 of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Team Sebastien Buemi of Switzerland, right, Fernando Alonso of Spain, left, and Kazuki Nakajima of Japan, celebrate after winning the 86th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Drivers of the Toyota TS050 Hybrid No8 of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Team Sebastien Buemi of Switzerland, second from right, Fernando Alonso of Spain, second from left, and Kazuki Nakajima of Japan, right, celebrate with their trophy after winning the 86th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Fernando Alonso wins on debut in 24 Hours Le Mans race
Drivers of the Toyota TS050 Hybrid No8 of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Team Sebastien Buemi of Switzerland, second from right, Fernando Alonso of Spain, second from left, and Kazuki Nakajima of Japan, right, celebrate with their trophy after winning the 86th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Drivers of the Toyota TS050 Hybrid No8 of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Team Sebastien Buemi of Switzerland, right on the car and Fernando Alonso of Spain celebrate after winning the 86th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Fernando Alonso wins on debut in 24 Hours Le Mans race
Drivers of the Toyota TS050 Hybrid No8 of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Team Sebastien Buemi of Switzerland, right on the car and Fernando Alonso of Spain celebrate after winning the 86th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Spanish driver Fernando Alonso shone through the night at Le Mans (AFP Photo/JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER )
Spanish driver Fernando Alonso shone through the night at Le Mans
Spanish driver Fernando Alonso shone through the night at Le Mans (AFP Photo/JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER )
The two Toyotas took the lead at the start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans (AFP Photo/JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER )
The two Toyotas took the lead at the start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
The two Toyotas took the lead at the start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans (AFP Photo/JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER )
Driver of the Toyota TS050 Hybrid No8, Fernando Alonso of Spain, walks on the track prior to the start of the 86th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Nadal gets 24 Hours Le Mans race underway
Driver of the Toyota TS050 Hybrid No8, Fernando Alonso of Spain, walks on the track prior to the start of the 86th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Spain's Rafael Nadal waves to supporters prior to the start of the 86th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Nadal gets 24 Hours Le Mans race underway
Spain's Rafael Nadal waves to supporters prior to the start of the 86th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Spain's Rafael Nadal walks on the track prior to the start of the 86th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Nadal gets 24 Hours Le Mans race underway
Spain's Rafael Nadal walks on the track prior to the start of the 86th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Le Mans domine Monaco dans le match 2 et se relance dans la course au titre./Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/Ina Fassbender
Le Mans se relance
Le Mans domine Monaco dans le match 2 et se relance dans la course au titre./Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/Ina Fassbender
Ready for Le Mans 'shock': British driver Jenson Button on Friday (AFP Photo/JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER )
Ready for Le Mans 'shock': British driver Jenson Button on Friday
Ready for Le Mans 'shock': British driver Jenson Button on Friday (AFP Photo/JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER )
Fernando Alonso's appearance at Le Mans, where he drove in qualifying on Wednesday, has been a boost for the race. (AFP Photo/JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER )
Fernando Alonso's appearance at Le Mans, where he drove in qualifying on Wednesday, has been a boost for the race
Fernando Alonso's appearance at Le Mans, where he drove in qualifying on Wednesday, has been a boost for the race. (AFP Photo/JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER )
Après un premier match accroché, Monaco prend l'avantage sur Le Mans./Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/Ina Fassbender
Monaco remporte la première manche
Après un premier match accroché, Monaco prend l'avantage sur Le Mans./Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/Ina Fassbender
The fact Formula 1 star Fernando Alonso is racing the 24 Hours of Le Mans has focussed many people's attention on the endurance race, his Toyota teammate Sebastien Buemi said on Wednesday (AFP Photo/Jean-Francois MONIER)
The fact Formula 1 star Fernando Alonso is racing the 24 Hours of Le Mans has focussed many people's attention on the endurance race, his Toyota teammate Sebastien Buemi said on Wednesday
The fact Formula 1 star Fernando Alonso is racing the 24 Hours of Le Mans has focussed many people's attention on the endurance race, his Toyota teammate Sebastien Buemi said on Wednesday (AFP Photo/Jean-Francois MONIER)
En la imagen, un grupo de pilotos compiten en una prueba de Moto3 dispuatada en mayo en Le Mans, Francia. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes.
En la imagen, un grupo de pilotos compiten en una prueba de Moto3 dispuatada en mayo en Le Mans, Francia.
En la imagen, un grupo de pilotos compiten en una prueba de Moto3 dispuatada en mayo en Le Mans, Francia. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes.
En la imagen, el McLaren de Fernando Alonso durante la segunda carrera en el Gran Premio de Cánada de Fórmula 1 en el circuito Gilles Villeneuve, en Montreal, Canadá, el 10 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Alonso pone rumbo a Le Mans con la esperanza de un mejor fin de semana
En la imagen, el McLaren de Fernando Alonso durante la segunda carrera en el Gran Premio de Cánada de Fórmula 1 en el circuito Gilles Villeneuve, en Montreal, Canadá, el 10 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
FILE PHOTO: MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 18, 2018 Suzuki's Andrea Iannone during practice REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
MotoGP - French Grand Prix
FILE PHOTO: MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 18, 2018 Suzuki's Andrea Iannone during practice REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
FILE PHOTO: Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 18, 2018 Suzuki's Andrea Iannone during practice REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
FILE PHOTO: MotoGP - French Grand Prix
FILE PHOTO: Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 18, 2018 Suzuki's Andrea Iannone during practice REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Strasbourg y croit toujours/Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/Ina Fassbender
Strasbourg recolle contre Le Mans
Strasbourg y croit toujours/Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/Ina Fassbender
Le Mans n'a pas dit son dernier mot contre Strasbourg/Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/Ina Fassbender
Le Mans recolle contre Strasbourg
Le Mans n'a pas dit son dernier mot contre Strasbourg/Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/Ina Fassbender
FILE PHOTO: Ignite Pramac MotoGP rider Michele Pirro of Italy takes part in the third free practice session of the French Grand Prix in Le Mans circuit, central France May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
FILE PHOTO: Ignite Pramac MotoGP rider Michele Pirro of Italy takes part in the third free practice session of the French Grand Prix in Le Mans circuit, central France
FILE PHOTO: Ignite Pramac MotoGP rider Michele Pirro of Italy takes part in the third free practice session of the French Grand Prix in Le Mans circuit, central France May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
FILE PHOTO: Ignite Pramac MotoGP rider Michele Pirro of Italy takes part in the third free practice session of the French Grand Prix in Le Mans circuit, central France May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Ignite Pramac MotoGP rider Michele Pirro of Italy takes part in the third free practice session of the French Grand Prix in Le Mans circuit, central France
FILE PHOTO: Ignite Pramac MotoGP rider Michele Pirro of Italy takes part in the third free practice session of the French Grand Prix in Le Mans circuit, central France May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File Photo
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 18, 2018 Suzuki's Andrea Iannone during practice REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
MotoGP - French Grand Prix
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 18, 2018 Suzuki's Andrea Iannone during practice REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Strasbourg prend les devants contre Le Mans/Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/Ina Fassbender
Strasbourg démarre bien
Strasbourg prend les devants contre Le Mans/Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/Ina Fassbender
Le Mans rallie les demies de Pro A/Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/Ina Fassbender
Le Mans se hisse dans le dernier carré
Le Mans rallie les demies de Pro A/Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/Ina Fassbender
Motorcycling - Moto2 - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 SKY Racing Team VR46's Francesco Bagnaia during the race REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Moto2 - French Grand Prix
Motorcycling - Moto2 - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 SKY Racing Team VR46's Francesco Bagnaia during the race REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
El piloto de Repsol Honda Marc Márquez alza el trofeo del Gran Premio de Francia de MotoGP, en el Circuito de Bugatti, Le Mans, Francia, 20 de mayo de 2018. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
MotoGP - Gran Premio de Francia
El piloto de Repsol Honda Marc Márquez alza el trofeo del Gran Premio de Francia de MotoGP, en el Circuito de Bugatti, Le Mans, Francia, 20 de mayo de 2018. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez in action REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
MotoGP - French Grand Prix
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez in action REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 Alma Pramac Racing's Danilo Petrucci celebrates with a trophy on the podium after the race REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
MotoGP - French Grand Prix
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 Alma Pramac Racing's Danilo Petrucci celebrates with a trophy on the podium after the race REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez in action REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
MotoGP - French Grand Prix
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez in action REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez in action REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
MotoGP - French Grand Prix
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez in action REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 Alma Pramac Racing's Danilo Petrucci celebrates with a trophy on the podium after the race REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
MotoGP - French Grand Prix
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 Alma Pramac Racing's Danilo Petrucci celebrates with a trophy on the podium after the race REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi reacts on the podium after the race REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
MotoGP - French Grand Prix
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi reacts on the podium after the race REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez celebrates with a trophy after winning the race REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
MotoGP - French Grand Prix
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez celebrates with a trophy after winning the race REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez celebrates with a trophy after winning the race REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
MotoGP - French Grand Prix
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez celebrates with a trophy after winning the race REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez celebrates with a trophy after winning the race REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
MotoGP - French Grand Prix
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez celebrates with a trophy after winning the race REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez celebrates with a trophy on the podium after winning the race as Alma Pramac Racing's Danilo Petrucci and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi look on REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
MotoGP - French Grand Prix
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez celebrates with a trophy on the podium after winning the race as Alma Pramac Racing's Danilo Petrucci and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi look on REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez celebrates with a trophy after winning the race REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
MotoGP - French Grand Prix
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez celebrates with a trophy after winning the race REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez celebrates with a trophy after winning the race REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
MotoGP - French Grand Prix
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez celebrates with a trophy after winning the race REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez celebrates with a trophy on the podium after winning the race as Alma Pramac Racing's Danilo Petrucci and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi look on REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
MotoGP - French Grand Prix
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez celebrates with a trophy on the podium after winning the race as Alma Pramac Racing's Danilo Petrucci and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi look on REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez sprays sparkling wine as he celebrates winning the race REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
MotoGP - French Grand Prix
Motorcycling - MotoGP - French Grand Prix - Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France - May 20, 2018 Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez sprays sparkling wine as he celebrates winning the race REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

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