Sportscars » 29 January 2014
Allan Simonsen Memorial Fund raises €300k
Allan Simonsen's fiancee and daughter were presented with the proceeds from a collection in memory of the fallen sportscar ace during the Danish Motorsport Awards.
Exactly seven months after Allan Simonsen's fatal accident at Le Mans, the Danish Automobile Sports Union and Young Driver Aston Martin Racing handed over more than €300,000 raised by a memorial fund to his fiancée and daughter.
In total, the Allan Simonsen Memorial Fund collected €311,753 (approximately DKK 2,326,426), with individual donations ranging from DKK50 to some considerably larger amounts and coming from all over the world, reflecting Simonsen's exploits on tracks around the globe.
The funds were handed to Hansen and daughter Mie-Mai during a moving ceremony during the Danish Motorsport Awards at the Copenhagen Circus, with former DASU president Carl Christian Hansen opening the event with an emotional speech about the fallen sportscar ace.
“Allan was a safe, talented and reliable driver,” he said, “After winning the Formula Ford Championship in Denmark in 1999, he went abroad, first to England and then to Australia, where he built a great career for himself.
“In 2013, he drove for Young Driver Aston Martin Racing and, along with Kristian Poulsen and Christoffer Nygaard, began the season with a fine class victory in the World Cup race at Silverstone. Allan knew he was taking part in a dangerous sport, but motor racing was his life, his identity, his work, and he loved the sport."
The presentation party were joined on stage by Young Driver AMR-team owner Jan Struve, DASU chairman Bent Mikkelsen and Simonsen's brother, Johnny.
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