Tragedy at Le Mans: Aston Martin Driver Allan Simonsen Killed in Wreck (Video)

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The 81st running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans was only a few laps old when tragedy struck on Saturday.

On just his fourth lap around the famed Circuit de la Sarthe, Team Aston Martin driver Allan Simonsen lost control of his car in the slick Tertre Rouge corner and crashed into the barrier. The 34-year-old Dane was attended to immediately by doctors and transported to the Circuit medical center; however, he died shortly thereafter from his injuries.

The death was the first to occur during the world’s oldest and most famous endurance race since 1997, when Sébastien Enjolras was killed on a practice run.

While any auto racing death is tragic, the circumstances surrounding this one make it particularly hard to swallow. Simonsen was not involved in a collision with another driver, and it does not appear as though there was any mechanical failure. Instead, it looks like a slight overcorrection caused him to lose control of the No. 95 Aston Martin and send it flying off the rain-slicked course.

The following video does not show the fatal impact. However, it does show the moment when Simonsen lost control of his car and vered off the tack—and it is chilling.

After the crash, the race continued behind a safety car for almost an hour and was eventually won by Team Audi for the fourth year in a row. As you would expect, they dedicated their victory to Allan Simonsen.

Hat Tip – [Jalaponik]

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