LE MANS, France – Veteran road racer Allan Simonsen died Saturday from injuries sustained in a lap-three accident during the 90th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He was 34 years old.
Simonsen, from Denmark, was driving the No. 95 Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8 that started on the pole in the GTE-Am class. He lost control of his car at Tetre Rouge before crashing into the track barriers.
He was extracted from the car by track medical service personnel and was transported to the track medical center where he died of his injuries.
Simonsen was scheduled to share the car with Christoffer Nygaard and Kristian Poulsen.
Simonsen is a former Danish Formula Ford champion and was considered to be one of the most versatile GT drivers in the world.
The fatality is the first driver death at Le Mans since 1997 when Sebastien Enjolras was killed in a pre-qualifying accident. The last driver killed during the 24-hour race was Jo Gartner in 1986.
Aston Martin Racing plans to continue racing during the 90th 24 Hours of Le Mans in tribute to Simonsen.