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.

Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro Number 2 driver Allan McNish of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Le Mans 24-hour sportscar race in Le Mans, central France June 23, 2013. The Audi Number 2 was also driven by France's Loic Duval and Denmark's Tom Kristensen. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT) - GM1E96N1Q1601
Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro Number 2 driver McNish of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Le Mans 24-hour sportscar race in Le Mans
Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro Number 2 driver Allan McNish of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Le Mans 24-hour sportscar race in Le Mans, central France June 23, 2013. The Audi Number 2 was also driven by France's Loic Duval and Denmark's Tom Kristensen. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT) - GM1E96N1Q1601
Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro Number 2 driver Allan McNish of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Le Mans 24-hour sportscar race in Le Mans, central France June 23, 2013. The Audi Number 2 was also driven by France's Loic Duval and Denmark's Tom Kristensen. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT) - GM1E96N1Q1601
Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro Number 2 driver McNish of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Le Mans 24-hour sportscar race in Le Mans
Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro Number 2 driver Allan McNish of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Le Mans 24-hour sportscar race in Le Mans, central France June 23, 2013. The Audi Number 2 was also driven by France's Loic Duval and Denmark's Tom Kristensen. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT) - GM1E96N1Q1601
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Italian rider Valentino Rossi laughs during a press conference in Valencia on November 9, 2017 ahead of the Valencia MotoGP at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit. (AFP Photo/PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU)
Motorcycling - Rossi fears retirement, harbours Le Mans dream
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Italian rider Valentino Rossi laughs during a press conference in Valencia on November 9, 2017 ahead of the Valencia MotoGP at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit. (AFP Photo/PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU)
The 1954 Jaguar D-Type Works that Stirling Moss raced at Le Mans is displayed during a media preview for the "RM Sotheby's Icons" at Sotheby's in New York, U.S., November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
The 1954 Jaguar D-type Works that Stirling Moss raced at Le Mans is displayed during a media preview for the "RM Sotheby's Icons" at Sotheby's in New York
The 1954 Jaguar D-Type Works that Stirling Moss raced at Le Mans is displayed during a media preview for the "RM Sotheby's Icons" at Sotheby's in New York, U.S., November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Basket/Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/� Ina Fassbender / Reuters
Le Mans tombe à Toulon, l'ASVEL surclasse Dijon
Basket/Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/� Ina Fassbender / Reuters
Le Mans tranquille leader de Pro A /Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/� Ina Fassbender / Reuters
Le Mans en patron à Paris-Levallois
Le Mans tranquille leader de Pro A /Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/� Ina Fassbender / Reuters
6 sur 6 pour le MSB/Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/� Ina Fassbender / Reuters
Le Mans s'impose à Antibes
6 sur 6 pour le MSB/Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/� Ina Fassbender / Reuters
FILE- In this March 19, 2010, file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits in his Oreca FLM09 on pit row during a break in the morning practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. On Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, a federal jury in New York found Tucker and his former lawyer guilty of preying on vulnerable borrowers through a $2 billion payday loan business that charged 700 percent interest or more. They were each found guilty of 14 counts including money laundering and racketeering. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
Racecar driver Ken Tucker found guilty in payday loan scam
FILE- In this March 19, 2010, file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits in his Oreca FLM09 on pit row during a break in the morning practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. On Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, a federal jury in New York found Tucker and his former lawyer guilty of preying on vulnerable borrowers through a $2 billion payday loan business that charged 700 percent interest or more. They were each found guilty of 14 counts including money laundering and racketeering. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
FILE - A Sunday, June 18, 2017 file photo of drivers of the Porsche 919 Hybrid No2, from left to right, Brendon Hartley of New Zealand, Earl Bamber of New Zealand and Timo Bernhard of Germany after winning the 85th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France. Brendon Hartley will race for Toro Rosso at next weekends United States Grand Prix as a replacement for Pierre Gasly. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)
Hartley to drive for Toro Rosso at next weekend's U.S. GP
FILE - A Sunday, June 18, 2017 file photo of drivers of the Porsche 919 Hybrid No2, from left to right, Brendon Hartley of New Zealand, Earl Bamber of New Zealand and Timo Bernhard of Germany after winning the 85th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France. Brendon Hartley will race for Toro Rosso at next weekends United States Grand Prix as a replacement for Pierre Gasly. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)
Le Mans vainqueur au Rhénus/Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/� Ina Fassbender / Reuters
Le Mans garde le cap à Strasbourg
Le Mans vainqueur au Rhénus/Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/� Ina Fassbender / Reuters
Le Mans enchaîne/Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/� Ina Fassbender / Reuters
Le Mans enchaîne, Hyeres-Toulon s'offre Limoges
Le Mans enchaîne/Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/� Ina Fassbender / Reuters
Les favoris à la peine/Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/� Ina Fassbender / Reuters
Le Mans gagne à Monaco, Limoges étrille Châlon-sur-Saône
Les favoris à la peine/Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/� Ina Fassbender / Reuters
Le Mans leader/Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/� Ina Fassbender / Reuters
Le Mans leader, Chalon perd d'entrée
Le Mans leader/Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/� Ina Fassbender / Reuters
Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi of Italy is pictured in his team garage during the second free practice session of the French Grand Prix at the Le Mans circuit, in Le Mans, France May 16, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo
FILE PHOTO - Yamaha MotoGP rider Rossi of Italy is pictured in his team garage during the second free practice session of the French Grand Prix at the Le Mans circuit, in Le Mans, France
Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi of Italy is pictured in his team garage during the second free practice session of the French Grand Prix at the Le Mans circuit, in Le Mans, France May 16, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo
Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi of Italy is pictured in his team garage during the second free practice session of the French Grand Prix at the Le Mans circuit, in Le Mans, France May 16, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/Files
FILE PHOTO - Yamaha MotoGP rider Rossi of Italy is pictured in his team garage during the second free practice session of the French Grand Prix at the Le Mans circuit, in Le Mans, France
Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi of Italy is pictured in his team garage during the second free practice session of the French Grand Prix at the Le Mans circuit, in Le Mans, France May 16, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/Files
FILE PHOTO - Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi of Italy is pictured in his team garage during the second free practice session of the French Grand Prix at the Le Mans circuit, in Le Mans, France May 16, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo
FILE PHOTO - Yamaha MotoGP rider Rossi of Italy is pictured in his team garage during the second free practice session of the French Grand Prix at the Le Mans circuit, in Le Mans, France
FILE PHOTO - Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi of Italy is pictured in his team garage during the second free practice session of the French Grand Prix at the Le Mans circuit, in Le Mans, France May 16, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo
FILE PHOTO - Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi of Italy is pictured in his team garage during the second free practice session of the French Grand Prix at the Le Mans circuit, in Le Mans, France May 16, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo
FILE PHOTO - Yamaha MotoGP rider Rossi of Italy is pictured in his team garage during the second free practice session of the French Grand Prix at the Le Mans circuit, in Le Mans, France
FILE PHOTO - Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi of Italy is pictured in his team garage during the second free practice session of the French Grand Prix at the Le Mans circuit, in Le Mans, France May 16, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo
FILE PHOTO - Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi of Italy is pictured in his team garage during the second free practice session of the French Grand Prix at the Le Mans circuit, in Le Mans, France May 16, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo
FILE PHOTO - Yamaha MotoGP rider Rossi of Italy is pictured in his team garage during the second free practice session of the French Grand Prix at the Le Mans circuit, in Le Mans, France
FILE PHOTO - Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi of Italy is pictured in his team garage during the second free practice session of the French Grand Prix at the Le Mans circuit, in Le Mans, France May 16, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo
FILE PHOTO - Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi of Italy is pictured in his team garage during the second free practice session of the French Grand Prix at the Le Mans circuit, in Le Mans, France May 16, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo
FILE PHOTO - Yamaha MotoGP rider Rossi of Italy is pictured in his team garage during the second free practice session of the French Grand Prix at the Le Mans circuit, in Le Mans, France
FILE PHOTO - Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi of Italy is pictured in his team garage during the second free practice session of the French Grand Prix at the Le Mans circuit, in Le Mans, France May 16, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo
Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi of Italy is pictured in his team garage during the second free practice session of the French Grand Prix at the Le Mans circuit, in Le Mans, France May 16, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/Files
Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi of Italy is pictured in his team garage during the second free practice session of the French Grand Prix at the Le Mans circuit, in Le Mans, France May 16, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/Files
Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi of Italy is pictured in his team garage during the second free practice session of the French Grand Prix at the Le Mans circuit, in Le Mans, France May 16, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/Files
FILE PHOTO - Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi of Italy is pictured in his team garage during the second free practice session of the French Grand Prix at the Le Mans circuit, in Le Mans, France May 16, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo
FILE PHOTO - Yamaha MotoGP rider Rossi of Italy is pictured in his team garage during the second free practice session of the French Grand Prix at the Le Mans circuit, in Le Mans, France
FILE PHOTO - Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi of Italy is pictured in his team garage during the second free practice session of the French Grand Prix at the Le Mans circuit, in Le Mans, France May 16, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo
(FILES) This file photo taken on May 18, 2008 shows Spanish former rider Angel Nieto on May 18, 2008 at Le Mans' racetrack, western France. Italian Valentino Rossi (R) poses with Spanish former rider Angel Nieto (L) after he won the French Moto GP, on May 18, 2008 at Le Mans' racetrack, western France. Rossi moved to second equal on the all-time winners list in all categories with Angel Nieto. AFP PHOTO JEAN FRANCOIS MONIERSpanish motorcycling legend Angel Nieto died on August 3, 2017 aged 70 just over a week after suffering a quad-bike crash in Ibiza, MotoGP announced. (AFP Photo/Jean-François MONIER, Jean-François MONIER)
Moto - Motorcycling: Spanish legend Nieto dies after quad bike crash
(FILES) This file photo taken on May 18, 2008 shows Spanish former rider Angel Nieto on May 18, 2008 at Le Mans' racetrack, western France. Italian Valentino Rossi (R) poses with Spanish former rider Angel Nieto (L) after he won the French Moto GP, on May 18, 2008 at Le Mans' racetrack, western France. Rossi moved to second equal on the all-time winners list in all categories with Angel Nieto. AFP PHOTO JEAN FRANCOIS MONIERSpanish motorcycling legend Angel Nieto died on August 3, 2017 aged 70 just over a week after suffering a quad-bike crash in Ibiza, MotoGP announced. (AFP Photo/Jean-François MONIER, Jean-François MONIER)
England's Nick Tandy drives his Porsche 919 Hybrid N°1 during the second qualifying practice session of the Le Mans 24 hours endurance race, on June 15, 2017 in Le Mans, northwestern France. (AFP Photo/JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER)
MotorRacing - Le Mans giants Porsche switch to Formula E
England's Nick Tandy drives his Porsche 919 Hybrid N°1 during the second qualifying practice session of the Le Mans 24 hours endurance race, on June 15, 2017 in Le Mans, northwestern France. (AFP Photo/JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER)
FILE PHOTO - Nico Hulkenberg of Germany celebrates with mechanics after winning with his Porsche 919 Hybrid number 19 the Le Mans 24-hour sportscar race in Le Mans, central France, June 14, 2015. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
Nico Hulkenberg of Germany celebrates with mechanics after winning with his Porsche 919 Hybrid number 19 the Le Mans 24-hour sportscar race in Le Mans
FILE PHOTO - Nico Hulkenberg of Germany celebrates with mechanics after winning with his Porsche 919 Hybrid number 19 the Le Mans 24-hour sportscar race in Le Mans, central France, June 14, 2015. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
FILE PHOTO - Nico Hulkenberg of Germany celebrates with mechanics after winning with his Porsche 919 Hybrid number 19 the Le Mans 24-hour sportscar race in Le Mans, central France, June 14, 2015. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
Nico Hulkenberg of Germany celebrates with mechanics after winning with his Porsche 919 Hybrid number 19 the Le Mans 24-hour sportscar race in Le Mans
FILE PHOTO - Nico Hulkenberg of Germany celebrates with mechanics after winning with his Porsche 919 Hybrid number 19 the Le Mans 24-hour sportscar race in Le Mans, central France, June 14, 2015. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
FILE PHOTO - Nico Hulkenberg of Germany celebrates with mechanics after winning with his Porsche 919 Hybrid number 19 the Le Mans 24-hour sportscar race in Le Mans, central France, June 14, 2015. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
Nico Hulkenberg of Germany celebrates with mechanics after winning with his Porsche 919 Hybrid number 19 the Le Mans 24-hour sportscar race in Le Mans
FILE PHOTO - Nico Hulkenberg of Germany celebrates with mechanics after winning with his Porsche 919 Hybrid number 19 the Le Mans 24-hour sportscar race in Le Mans, central France, June 14, 2015. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
FILE PHOTO - A supporter of former French economy minister Emmanuel Macron uses a mobile phone at a political rally for his political movement, En Marche !, or Forward !, in Le Mans, France, October 11, 2016. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
A supporter of former French economy minister Emmanuel Macron uses a mobile phone at a political rally for his political movement, En Marche !, or Forward !, in Le Mans
FILE PHOTO - A supporter of former French economy minister Emmanuel Macron uses a mobile phone at a political rally for his political movement, En Marche !, or Forward !, in Le Mans, France, October 11, 2016. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
FILE PHOTO - A supporter of former French economy minister Emmanuel Macron uses a mobile phone at a political rally for his political movement, En Marche !, or Forward !, in Le Mans, France, October 11, 2016. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
A supporter of former French economy minister Emmanuel Macron uses a mobile phone at a political rally for his political movement, En Marche !, or Forward !, in Le Mans
FILE PHOTO - A supporter of former French economy minister Emmanuel Macron uses a mobile phone at a political rally for his political movement, En Marche !, or Forward !, in Le Mans, France, October 11, 2016. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French driver Stephane Sarrazin (R) and English driver Mike Conway react after their teammate, Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi, was forced to abandon the race during the 85th Le Mans 24-hours endurance race in Le Mans, western France. (AFP Photo/JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER)
Abandonment issues
French driver Stephane Sarrazin (R) and English driver Mike Conway react after their teammate, Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi, was forced to abandon the race during the 85th Le Mans 24-hours endurance race in Le Mans, western France. (AFP Photo/JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER)
Second placed France's rider Johann Zarco competes on his Monster Yamaha TECH 3 MOTOGP N°5 during the MotoGP race of the French Motorcycle Grand Prix, on May 21, 2017 in Le Mans, northwestern France. (AFP Photo/GUILLAUME SOUVANT)
Moto - Motorcycling: Zarco claims maiden pole in Assen
Second placed France's rider Johann Zarco competes on his Monster Yamaha TECH 3 MOTOGP N°5 during the MotoGP race of the French Motorcycle Grand Prix, on May 21, 2017 in Le Mans, northwestern France. (AFP Photo/GUILLAUME SOUVANT)
England's driver Olivier Jarvis (2L) and French's driver Thomas Laurent (2R) of Jackie Chan Racing ORECA 07-Gibson N°38 team celebrate on the podium after winning the LMP2 Category and the second place of the 85th Le Mans 24-hours endurance race on June 18, 2017 in Le Mans, western France. (AFP Photo/JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER)
Auto - Motor racing: Jackie Chan goes 2-3 at Le Mans after DQ
England's driver Olivier Jarvis (2L) and French's driver Thomas Laurent (2R) of Jackie Chan Racing ORECA 07-Gibson N°38 team celebrate on the podium after winning the LMP2 Category and the second place of the 85th Le Mans 24-hours endurance race on June 18, 2017 in Le Mans, western France. (AFP Photo/JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER)
Celebrations on the podium after the Le Mans 24 hours endurance race (AFP Photo/DAMIEN MEYER)
Celebrations on the podium after the Le Mans 24 hours endurance race
Celebrations on the podium after the Le Mans 24 hours endurance race (AFP Photo/DAMIEN MEYER)
LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 18: Fans fill the pit lane and pit straight as Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard of the Porsche LMP Team celebrate on the podium with Vice President of Porsche's LMP1 Racing Program, Fritz Enzinger after victory in the Le Mans 24 Hour Race at Circuit de la Sarthe on June 18, 2017 in Le Mans, France. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
Le Mans 24 Hour Race
LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 18: Fans fill the pit lane and pit straight as Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard of the Porsche LMP Team celebrate on the podium with Vice President of Porsche's LMP1 Racing Program, Fritz Enzinger after victory in the Le Mans 24 Hour Race at Circuit de la Sarthe on June 18, 2017 in Le Mans, France. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 18: Fans fill the pit lane and pit straight as Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard of the Porsche LMP Team celebrate on the podium with Vice President of Porsche's LMP1 Racing Program, Fritz Enzinger after victory in the Le Mans 24 Hour Race at Circuit de la Sarthe on June 18, 2017 in Le Mans, France. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
Le Mans 24 Hour Race
LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 18: Fans fill the pit lane and pit straight as Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard of the Porsche LMP Team celebrate on the podium with Vice President of Porsche's LMP1 Racing Program, Fritz Enzinger after victory in the Le Mans 24 Hour Race at Circuit de la Sarthe on June 18, 2017 in Le Mans, France. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 18: Fans fill the pit lane and pit straight as Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard of the Porsche LMP Team celebrate on the podium with Vice President of Porsche's LMP1 Racing Program, Fritz Enzinger after victory in the Le Mans 24 Hour Race at Circuit de la Sarthe on June 18, 2017 in Le Mans, France. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
Le Mans 24 Hour Race
LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 18: Fans fill the pit lane and pit straight as Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard of the Porsche LMP Team celebrate on the podium with Vice President of Porsche's LMP1 Racing Program, Fritz Enzinger after victory in the Le Mans 24 Hour Race at Circuit de la Sarthe on June 18, 2017 in Le Mans, France. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
The Oreca 07 No. 38 of the Jackie Chan DC Racing Team driven by Oliver Jarvis of Britain, Thomas Laurent of France and Ho-Pin Tung of China in action during the 85th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race in Le Mans, western France, Sunday, June 18, 2017. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
Porsche leaves it late to win 24 Hours Le Mans for 3rd year
The Oreca 07 No. 38 of the Jackie Chan DC Racing Team driven by Oliver Jarvis of Britain, Thomas Laurent of France and Ho-Pin Tung of China in action during the 85th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race in Le Mans, western France, Sunday, June 18, 2017. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
Drivers of the Porsche 919 Hybrid No2 from left, Brendon Hartley of New Zealand, Earl Bamber of New Zealand and Timo Bernhard of Germany hold their trophies during the podium ceremony after winning the 85th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Sunday, June 18, 2017. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
Porsche leaves it late to win 24 Hours Le Mans for 3rd year
Drivers of the Porsche 919 Hybrid No2 from left, Brendon Hartley of New Zealand, Earl Bamber of New Zealand and Timo Bernhard of Germany hold their trophies during the podium ceremony after winning the 85th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Sunday, June 18, 2017. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
A car race on the race track at sunset during the 85th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Sunday, June 18, 2017. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
Porsche leaves it late to win 24 Hours Le Mans for 3rd year
A car race on the race track at sunset during the 85th 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, in Le Mans, western France, Sunday, June 18, 2017. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

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