The 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans took a somber turn early on in the race today when Aston Martin driver Allan Simonsen died following a crash about 10 minutes into the race.
The 34-year-old Danish driver was behind the wheel of the number-95 Aston Martin when the car spun at high speed and skidded into a barrier. Simonsen passed away at the hospital soon after his arrival due to his injuries according to race organizers. This is the first driver fatality at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 1986.
The British automaker is continuing the race “at the specific request” of Simonsen’s family and in tribute to the driver. This was Simonsen’s seventh time racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He recorded the fastest time in qualifying on Thursday in the GTE-Am class.
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