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Simonsen tragedy particularly poignant for Davidson
24 June 2013
Anthony Davidson may have finished on the podium on his return to Le Mans, but admitted that his success, combined with the tragedy that occurred early in the race, gave him plenty to reflect upon.
The Briton exited last year's 24 Hours in the company of medics, and was later diagnosed with fractures to his spine. The second place finish last weekend was not only testament to his ability to return at a similar level, but also brought the seemingly innocuous accident that befell GT driver Allan Simonsen into sharp relief.
“We knew this was a race in which anything can happen and, unfortunately, [Saturday]'s accident proved that so tragically,” Davidson commented, “It was particularly poignant for me after what happened last year.”
Fortunately, this time around, Davidson encountered no repeat of the clash with slower GT machinery that ended his 2012 race, and was able to help team-mates Stephane Sarrazin and Sebastien Buemi split the best of the Audis and claim an emotional podium finish for the Toyota team.
“It was amazing for me to bounce back and finally end up on the podium at Le Mans,” he admitted, “I've always dreamed of this and it was a fantastic feeling.
“The conditions were really tough, but the team and the car did not miss a beat. Everyone pulled together; Toyota Racing did a great job and I always said that, if we all do the job that I know we can do, we will get at least a podium.
“We didn't have the ultimate speed from the car to win, that was clear from the moment we arrived here, but we didn't give up.”