22 June 2013 - 00:00
V8 Supercar driver Allan Simonsen dies after Le Mans crash
Danish V8 Supercar driver Allan Simonsen has died as a result of injuries sustained from a crash just 10 minutes after the start of this year’s race.
Simonsen, 34, a regular in Australian V8 Supercars, crashed his Aston Martin at the start of yesterday's race. He was rushed to the track's medical centre but passed away from his injuries shortly after.
Simonsen was a well-known and popular figure in the Australian V8 Supercar scene. He lived in Australia and raced at Bathurst nine times, beginning in 2003 and with a best finish of a podium alongside Greg Murphy in 2011 (as pictured, above).
He was slotted in to race with Brad Jones Racing at the Sandown, Bathurst and Gold Coast V8 Supercar endurance races later this year.
The Twitter biography of the Danish Aston Martin driver simply reads: “professional racing driver, living the dream”. This was not his first race at Le Mans — that was 2007 — but it was set to be his most successful as part of a much fancied and extremely fast all-Danish team racing an Aston Martin Vantage in the GTE-Am class.
Simonsen is remembered by his many friends in Australia and his partner and young daughter.
Last year Simonsen reset the Bathurst lap record in a Ferrari 458 GT3. There's no better way to remember a racecar driver than one of the laps they were most proud of. Turn the volume up.