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Allan Simonsen: 1978-2013

Tributes to Allan Simonsen, who has died following an accident at the Le Mans 24 Hours
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Allan Simonsen, who has died at the age of 34, was one of the leading GT drivers in the world and was known for his skill and ability to not only compete in a wide range of different machinery, but also to win in them.

The Dane was a two-time podium finisher in the Le Mans 24 Hours having turned his back on a single-seater career to forge a career in sportscars.

It was in sportscars where he made his name, with countless wins around the globe.

What follows is a video of Simonsen doing what he did best, along with tributes from friends and colleague from the motorsport world.

Automobile Club de l'Ouest:
“The Automobile Club de l'Ouest wishes to express its great sadness following this incident, and extends its deepest condolences to the family and those close to Allan Simonsen.”

Jean Todt, FIA president:
"We would like to convey our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to Allan's family and friends. Our thoughts are also with his Aston Martin teammates at this difficult time.

"Allan was an extremely talented and experienced sportscar driver who had raced in every corner of the world and was highly respected by his peers and his team. For many in endurance racing, Allan was above all a good friend who displayed his passion for racing on and off the track.

"His loss will be felt by the FIA, the ACO and the greater motorsport family."

David Richards, Aston Martin Racing CEO:
"Incidents like this are very rare but when they happen you have to make decisions based on a number of factors – in this case the wishes of the family were paramount.

"We spoke with Allan's family who were insistent that we continued to compete in the 24-hour race. The team is, of course, deeply saddened by the loss of one of our drivers, however we are as focused as ever to win this race, but we are now racing to win for Allan."

John Gaw, Aston Martin Racing team principal:

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