Sadly, the triumph was overshadowed by the death, in the first hour of the race, of GT competitor Allan Simonsen. Kristensen, as a fellow Dane, was quick to dedicate his ninth success at La Sarthe to his fallen compatriot, while Ullrich reflected on the impact of the tragedy.
“Obviously, this horrible incident dampens the joy of another great Le Mans victory for Audi,” he concluded, “We were all completely shocked by the news of Allan Simonsen's death [especially as], during his career, he also contested races in the Audi R8 LMS.
“Our sympathy primarily goes to his family and friends, but to the team of Aston Martin as well. It shows that you must never stop doing whatever is possible for safety in motorsport. This is the first fatal accident we've had to witness in 15 Le Mans years. I hope it'll remain the last.”