Audi Team Wins Le Mans 24-Hour Race, Day After Driver Is KilledPeter-Joseph Hegarty
Audi won the 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race, a day after the event was marred by the death of Aston Martin Racing Team driver Allan Simonsen.
Simonsen’s fellow Dane Tom Kristensen extended his all-time record to nine victories in the race, along with Audi teammates Allan McNish and Loic Duval.
McNish of Scotland has now won the event three times, while it was a first victory for France’s Duval. It was a fourth consecutive Le Mans win for Audi and its 12th in the past 14 years.
“The conditions have been very difficult, and it’s been essential to take the right decisions at the right moment,” Audi Motorsport director Wolfgang Ullrich told the race website. “I offer my sincere congratulations to the drivers, who haven’t made a single error.”
Simonsen’s car crashed off the track during the fourth lap yesterday. The 34-year-old was treated at the scene by doctors from the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s Medical Service before being taken to the Circuit Medical Center, where he died, race organizers said.