Allan Simonsen 1978 – 2013

Today’s Le Mans 24 Hours race will be remembered as a tragic one as Danish race car driver Allan Simonsen was killed in an accident just minutes into the race.

Simonsen’s GTE-class Aston Martin Vantage crashed hard into the barriers at the exit of Tertre Rouge. Despite reports of being alert and awake at the arrival of the safety crews, Simonsen’s injuries proved fatal at the trackside medical center shortly after.

Aston Martin Racing continues their efforts in the race in honor of Allan at the request of his family.

Aside from seven Le Mans starts, Simonsen was an accomplished driver both in GTs as well as in the Australian V8 Supercar series.

The self description on his Twitter page reads:

Professional race car driver, living the dream…

He did, until the very end. Rest in Peace Allan!

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  • Diego Colafabio

    R.I.P. Allan.

    I want to remember him by watching two famous onboards, one from Bathurst, and one from Le Mans.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM4QpKaTNtc

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFcEZlW2Jcw

  • Jann Dircks

    RIP Allan :(

  • Szilárd Hompoth

    He was truly an amazing driver, and my first thoughts after the news was that he died doing what he most loved and what gave him most satisfaction, apart from his family, of course. I hope that this knowledge will ease the grief of all who mourn him. Rest in Peace, Allan Simonsen.

  • http://racingrenders.com/ F1Racer

    Two race drivers dead this weekend :( RIP to both

    • Kendra Jacobs

      2?

      • http://racingrenders.com/ F1Racer

        Wolf Silvester also died of a heart attack during the German VLN Endurance Racing Championship race at the Nurburgring on Satuday. He was 55.

  • Racing jason

    Very sad news:/ the onboard of the car behind him shows he made no mistake. Just bad bad luck with a slippy curbe in light rain…RIP

  • Paul Thompson

    Sad times :( my thoughts are with his family.

  • Anonymous

    Very Sad… surprised they never stopped race for a short moment of silence, like bring all to pits, killing engines, and waiting 5 minutes… out of respect for all drivers and the risk they take.

    God Bless his family and loved ones!

    Rest in Peace, Allan Simonsen

    • http://racingrenders.com/ F1Racer

      I heard the race was stopped for an hour while they repaired the barriers. Maybe they didn’t know the news by then because it wasn’t an immediate fatality. I dunno.
      But I think after the race would be a good time for that.

      • Andrea Candini

        There was a safety car period of 1 hour, but the race went on.
        Sad news, there’s nothing else to say. :(

      • Pandamasque

        The race was under SC for about an hour for barrier repairs, but the sad news arrived like 4h later and it was a complete shock. We’ve heard he was concious and assumed he was OK. So actually everyone was expecting to hear his interview about what happened, especially since #95 was the absolute favourite in GTE-Am class.

  • Bill

    I think at the end of the race, everyone who’s left running should do a burnout at Tetre Rouge.

    Rest in Peace, Allan Simonsen.

  • Anonymous

    Rest in Peace Allan Simonsen!!! Pray for his family!

  • Kendra Jacobs

    RIP to one of our brothers who shares the same passion as us all.

  • Mario Strada

    About 10 years ago, when I was just a bit older than simonsen was today, I was given no more than a month to live unless a very dangerous surgery went 100% in my favor. I did a lot of thinking about life and death while waiting for this surgery. I also had experienced clinical death 3 times before while battling my illness. In all of them I was dead several minutes before they could bring me back. No bright lights and no long gone pets greeting me, just a cocoon like darkness and calm.

    I had learned that death itself was not scary. Just a form of not living but no different than the time before one is born.

    What really saddened me at the time was that if I died, I would not grow old with my wife, I would not see my daughter graduate and I would miss all the wonders our future was going to bring us.

    The other thing that was constantly in my mind was that dying on an hospital bed with tubes all over the place, gaunt and sickly, was no way to die.

    I think at that time I envied every soldier that died heroically in combat and every race car driver that lost his life on track.

    Of course, I was a little more than just depressed. And a death like the one today is terrible thing. But I used to sneer at those that said “He died doing what he loved”.
    Back in those days I understood the real meaning of that, even if those that utter it often don’t have the first person experience I had. I learned there is more than a bit of truth in that.

    • GamerMuscle

      Really Its down to personal preference.

      Dying slow could be good so long as you have care and are not in a large amount of pain. It has the advantage of having the piece of mind that your affairs are in order and you can lesson the impact to some extent on loved ones. (other times not)

      Dying fast has the advantage of it not being tedious , painful or stressful from your position and sometimes it could also be easer for those around you to cope with. ( other times not)

      The only objective thing about “He/she died doing what he/she loved” is that it implies at least the person had a chance in life to be doing something they liked which is not something everyone gets a chance to do.

      In the end when you are dead you are dead , just have to hope you die in a way of your liking and way that’s least painful for those around you.

      Everyone copes with death and dying different, some like to go out slow others in a conflagration.

  • PetersonGP

    Rest in peace my friend!

  • Silvio

    It is a really sad news. :-( RIP

  • John Krisfalusci

    I don’t understand.. the article says he was alert and awake and responsive. How did he end up dying? I’m not trying to be a prick here… was it internal bleeding?

    • GamerMuscle

      He might have had internal bleeding as you said , maybe a cerebral edema or any number of things.

      Its also possible information about it was conveyed wrong in all the commotion when the accident happened.

      Officially I don’t think anyone has said, might not know the exact reasons until an autopsy is performed.

      Maybe there will be some absurd CGI brake down and documentary in the next year or so though probably not as he was not famous enough.

  • Anonymous

    Deepest Condolences . . .

  • Big Ron

    RIP. Very tragic.

  • Marc Goaderoch

    very very sad ….
    RIP

  • Anonymous

    Tragic accident..barriers at LM24 need updating?

    Rest in Peace Allan Simonsen

  • Chima Madujibeya

    I didn’t really know this guy but I hope his family get all the support they need.

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