Allan Simonsen 1978-2013

As regular readers will know, our other motorsport passion here at speedhillclimb.com is long distance endurance racing, and especially ACO Rules racing which revolves around the Le Mans 24 Hours race.

Le Mans 24 Hours

The Start/Finish Straight at the Le Mans Circuit

 

Last week, as part of his annual vacation, Mr Editor took the long trek down to La Sarthe for the World’s Greatest Motor Race as a spectator. The weekend turned out to not be the usual 4 day party and race-fest due to the events of the first 15 minutes of the main event.

These are Mr Editor’s thoughts on the event following his return to the UK:

“The Le Mans 24 Hour race has a very special place in my heart, it is a large party for gear-heads which also happens to host a major motor race.

Unfortunately on lap 3 of this year’s race Aston Martin driver Allan Simonsen, who was the hot favourite for victory in the GTE-AM and had qualified on the class pole, suffered an accident in his Aston Martin Vantage GTE at Tetre Rouge Corner, leading on to the Mulsanne Straight.

Although Allan was reportedly conscious and talking to marshals after the accident, he later succumbed to his injuries at the circuit medical and became the first driver to lose his life during the 24 hour race at Le Mans since Jo Gartner back in 1986.

In my day job I work very closely with the Aston Martin Racing team and had the pleasure of meeting Allan once at an AMR event earlier this year. He was a lovely guy, one hell of a GT driver and will be sorely missed by the whole of the motorsport community.

Our thoughts are with Allan’s family and friends as well as the whole of the very close-knit Aston Martin Racing team at this terrible time.

James.”

Allan Simonsen Silverstone

Allan Simonsen (Centre) on the top step of the podium at the recent Silverstone WEC Round

 

 

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