Simonsen’s Aston Martin Vantage V8 (a sister car to the one pictured) hit the barrier at Tertre Rouge ten minutes into the race. Although he was attended to quickly by medical personnel and taken to the circuit’s medical centre he succumbed to his injuries.
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest which organises th race issued the following statement:
“Allan Simonsen’s family has been informed immediately by David Richards, Principal of the Aston Martin Racing team.
“Allan Simonsen, an experienced driver aged 34, had taken part in seven 24 Heures du Mans.
“His team mates in the No.95 car were his fellow countrymen, Christoffer Nygaard and Kristian Poulsen.
“The Automobile Club de l’Ouest wishes to express its great sadness following this incident, and extends its deepest condolences to the family and those close to Allan Simonsen.
“The Automobile Club de l’Ouest will make no further statement while the exact reasons for the accident are still being wholly determined.”