Allan Simonsen, 1978 - 2013 (above, right, with British GT co-driver, Hector Lester - #3 Rosso Verde)
Long-standing British GT 'ace' Allan Simonsen, loved by all of those in the paddock, tragically lost his life in a racing accident on Saturday 22 June, 2013, whilst competing in his seventh 24 Hours of Le Mans event.
In a statement by officials it was explained that the No.95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE, driven by Allan Simonsen of Denmark, exited the track at high speed at the Tertre Rouge corner on his fourth lap of the race. The driver was immediately attended on the scene by the doctors from the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s Medical Service. In a serious condition, Allan Simonsen was transferred immediately to the Circuit Medical Centre where he died soon after due to his injuries.
Allan, a long time co-driver of Hector Lester in the Rosso Verde Ferrari team, had taken pole position in Oulton Park earlier this year in the British GT season. Earlier in his career he had raced in the Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship in 2001. Known by many as a true racer, he will be sorely missed in the paddock.
"Allan was highly regarded in not only the British GT paddock, but in racing paddocks globally. His racing ethic and determination on track, and his jolly and approachable spirit off it, was respected by all whom he raced with and all those who met him over the years of his extensive racing career. We are extremely saddened to lose one of our 'racing family'. On behalf of the WP Group and Mobil Service Centres, we wish to extend our condolences to his family, friends and race team members," spoke Darren Borras, Group Commercial Director at WP Group.
Photography courtesy of and copyright to Jakob Ebrey Photography.