Aston Martin Racing Team driver Allan Simonsen was killed when his car left the track “at high speed” on the fourth lap of the Le Mans 24 hours race.
The 34-year-old Dane was treated at the scene by doctors from the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s Medical Service before being sent to the Circuit Medical Center, where he died, the race organizers said today in an e-mailed statement.
Simonsen had participated in seven Le Mans 24-hour races, the organizers said. He was driving an Aston Martin Vantage GTE when it left the track at the Tertre Rouge corner at just after 3 p.m. local time. Officials are investigating the cause of the crash.
“Tragically, and despite the best efforts of the emergency services in attendance, Allan’s injuries proved fatal,” his team said in an e-mailed statement.
Aston Martin Racing Managing Director John Gaw, said the incident was a “terrible tragedy.”
The statement said Simonsen’s family have asked that the team continue to participate in the race as a tribute. He was driving the No. 95 car with fellow Danes Christoffer Nygaard and Kristian Poulsen.