Allan Simonsen (racing driver)

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Allan Simonsen
Allan Simonsen (cropped).jpg
Nationality Danish
Born (1978-07-05)5 July 1978
Odense, Denmark
Died 22 June 2013(2013-06-22) (aged 34)
Le Mans, France
Previous series
1999
1999
2000
2001
2001
2002
20032004
20032007
2005
20052012
2006
2006, 2008
20062009
20072013
2008
2009
2009, 2012
20092012
2010, 2012
2010, 2012
2010–2012
2011–2013
20122013
2013
Formula Ford 1800 Netherlands
Danish Formula Ford Championship
Formula Palmer Audi
German Formula Three Championship
British Formula Renault Championship
British GT Championship
Australian Nations Cup Championship
V8 Supercars
V8 Ute Racing Series
European Le Mans Series
FIA GT3 European Championship
FIA GT Championship
Australian GT Championship
British GT Championship
American Le Mans Series
Aussie Racing Cars
Rolex Sports Car Series
V8 Supercars
VLN
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia
PSCRAA Enduro Championship
Australian GT Championship
FIA World Endurance Championship
ADAC GT Masters
Championship titles
1999
2007
Danish Formula Ford Championship
Australian GT Championship
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 20072013
Teams Autorlando Sport
KSM
Hankook Team Farnbacher
Aston Martin Racing
Best finish 12th (2010)
Class wins 0

Allan Simonsen (5 July 1978 – 22 June 2013) was a Danish racing driver, born in Odense. He died after a crash during the third lap[1] of the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans.[2][3][4]

Career[edit]

Simonsen driving an Aston Martin Vantage GTE at the test session prior to the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans.

After beginning his career in karting, Simonsen moved to cars in 1999, winning the Danish Formula Ford Championship. He raced in Formula Palmer Audi in 2000, before moving to German Formula 3 and Formula Renault 2.0 UK in 2001.[5]

Simonsen moved to sports car racing for 2002, driving a Ferrari 360 for Veloqx Motorsport in the British GT Championship. He began racing in Australia in 2003, driving in the Australian Nations Cup Championship, and in the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercar events. Simonsen's best Bathurst result came in 2011, when he finished third for Kelly Racing driving alongside Greg Murphy.[6] Simonsen won the Australian GT Championship in 2007 and finished second in 2008.

At the 2011 Sprint Bathurst event, he set a blistering time of 2.04.95 around the famous Mount Panorama circuit. This was a monumental effort at the time as it was a full 2seconds clear of any V8 Supercar lap time and comparable to the Formula 3 lap record set in the following year.[7][8] This time so amazed the officials that they initially removed it from the timing screens as they believed it to be in error. It wasn't until it was confirmed by the manual time keeper and the teams own data that the time was reinstated.[9]

Simonsen placed fourth in the 2007 Le Mans Series season, in a partial season driving a Porsche 911 GT3 for Virgo Motorsport, which included a GT2 class win in the Nürburgring 1000.[10] He drove Ferraris for Team Farnbacher in the Le Mans Series and various international series from 2008 through 2011. During that time, Simonson won the GT2 class at the 2009 1000 km of Okayama with Dominik Farnbacher and the SP7 class in the 2010 24 Hours Nürburgring with Farnbacher, Leh Keen, and Marco Seefried. He participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans seven times between 2007 and 2013, finishing on the GT2 class podium twice: third in 2007 and second in 2010.

Death[edit]

Within the first ten minutes of his seventh Le Mans[11] Simonsen spun his No. 95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE at the Tertre Rouge corner and impacted the crash barriers on the outside of the corner.[3][4] He was extricated from the car, reportedly conscious,[12] before being taken to the on-site medical centre where he succumbed to his injuries.[13] His death was the first such racing incident during a 24 Hours of Le Mans race since Jo Gartner died in a 1986 crash, while French driver Sébastien Enjolras died more recently in a pre-qualifying session accident in 1997.[13]

Race officials raised a Danish flag at half mast over the circuit's podium during the race in honor of Simonsen. Fellow Danish driver Tom Kristensen won the race overall and dedicated his team's victory to the memory of Simonsen.[14]

Career results[edit]

Season Series Position Car Team
1999 Danish Formula Ford Championship 1st Van Diemen RF99 Ford
2000 Formula Palmer Audi 11th Van Diemen PA Audi Team Brask
2001 British Formula Renault Championship 26th Tatuus FR2000 Renault PBR Racing
2003 Australian Nations Cup Championship 8th Ferrari 360 Challenge Maranello Motorsport
2003 V8 Supercar Championship Series 67th Holden VX Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2004 Australian Nations Cup Championship 7th Ferrari 550 GT2 Maranello Motorsport
2004 Australian Nations Cup Championship Trophy Class 3rd Ferrari 360 Challenge Maranello Motorsport
2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series 52nd Holden VY Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2005 V8 Utes Series 10th Ford BA Falcon XR8 Ute Coopers Pale Ale Racing Team
2005 V8 Supercar Championship Series 57th Holden VY Commodore Perkins Engineering
2006 FIA GT3 European Championship 15th Ferrari F430 GT3 JMB Racing
2006 FIA GT Championship GT2 Class 38th Ferrari F430 GT3 Scuderia Ecosse
2006 Australian GT Championship 11th Ferrari 360 GT Consolidated Chemical Racing Team
2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series 46th Ford BA Falcon Triple Eight Race Engineering
2007 Australian GT Championship 1st Ferrari 360 GT
Ferrari F430 GT3
Consolidated Chemical Racing Team
Mark Coffey Racing
2007 Le Mans Series LM GT2 Class 4th Ferrari F430 GT3 Virgo Motorsport
2007 British GT Championship GT3 Class 10th Ferrari F430 GT3 Christians in Motorsport
2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series 25th Ford BF Falcon Triple Eight Race Engineering
2008 FIA GT Championship GT1 Class 11th Aston Martin DBR9 Gigawave Motorsport
2008 Australian GT Championship 2nd Ferrari F430 GT3 Maranello Motorsport
2008 British GT Championship GT3 Class 7th Ferrari F430 GT3 Christians in Motorsport
2008 Le Mans Series LM GT2 Class 17th Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Team Farnbacher
2008 American Le Mans Series GT2 Class 23rd Ferrari F430 GT3 Tafel Racing
2009 Le Mans Series LM GT2 Class 7th Ferrari F430 GT3 Team Farnbacher
2009 British GT Championship GT3 Class 4th Ferrari F430 GT3 Team Rosso Verde
2009 Asian Le Mans Series LM GT2 Class 1st Ferrari F430 GT3 Team Farnbacher
2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series 58th Ford FG Falcon Triple Eight Race Engineering
2009 Australian GT Championship 20th Ferrari F430 GT3 Maranello Motorsport
2009 Le Mans Series LM GT2 Class 106th Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Farnbacher-Loles Racing
2010 British GT Championship GT3 Class 5th Ferrari 430 Scuderia Team Rosso Verde
2010 Le Mans Series LM GT2 Class 17th Ferrari F430 GT Team Farnbacher
2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series 49th Holden VE Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport
2011 Le Mans Series LM GTE Pro Class 5th Ferrari 458 GTC Team Farnbacher
2011 British GT Championship GT3 Class 10th Ferrari 430 Scuderia
Ferrari 458 GTC
Team Rosso Verde
2011 International V8 Supercars Championship 32nd Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing
Brad Jones Racing
2012 International V8 Supercars Championship 52nd Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
2012 Australian GT Championship 4th Ferrari 458 GT Maranello Motorsport
2012 British GT Championship GT3 Class 12th Ferrari 458 Italia Team Rosso Verde
2013 Australian GT Championship 17th Ferrari 458 GT3 Maranello Motorsport

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2007 Italy Autorlando Sport
Germany Farnbacher Racing
Germany Pierre Ehret
Denmark Lars-Erik Nielsen
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR GT2 309 21st 3rd
2008 Germany Kruse Schiller Motorsport France Jean de Pourtales
Japan Hideki Noda
Lola B05/40-Mazda LMP2 147 DNF DNF
2009 Germany Hankook Team Farnbacher Germany Dominik Farnbacher
San Marino Christian Montanari
Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 183 DNF DNF
2010 Germany Hankook Team Farnbacher Germany Dominik Farnbacher
United States Leh Keen
Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 336 12th 2nd
2011 Germany Hankook Team Farnbacher Germany Dominik Farnbacher
United States Leh Keen
Ferrari 458 Italia GTC GTE
Pro
137 DNF DNF
2012 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Denmark Christoffer Nygaard
Denmark Kristian Poulsen
Aston Martin Vantage GTE GTE
Am
31 DNF DNF
2013 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Denmark Christoffer Nygaard
Denmark Kristian Poulsen
Aston Martin Vantage GTE GTE
Am
2 DNF DNF

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Race — Final Classification". Automobile Club de l'Ouest. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "24 Heures du Mans. La course endeuillée" (in French). Ouest-France Multimédia. 22 June 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Richards, Giles (22 June 2013). "Danish driver Allan Simonsen, 34, killed at Le Mans". Guardian. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Danish driver Simonsen killed in Le Mans endurance race". BBC. 22 June 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Karlsson, Ross. "The racing career of Allan Simonsen — in detail". In Åberg, Andreas. Driver Database. Archived from the original on 22 June 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Bartholomaeus, Stefan (23 June 2013). "Allan Simonsen killed in Le Mans 24 Hours". SpeedCafe. Archived from the original on 22 June 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.speedcafe.com/2011/11/13/simonsen-ferrari-breaks-into-204s-bracket-at-bathurst/
  8. ^ Video on YouTube
  9. ^ Mount Panorama Circuit#Lap records
  10. ^ "Nürburgring 1000 Kilometres". Racing Sports Cars. Archived from the original on 22 June 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Le Mans in shock as Danish racing driver Allan Simonsen dies after crashing during 24 hours race". Telegraph. 22 June 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Danish driver Allan Simonsen dies at Le Mans". Reuters. 22 June 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Dagys, John (22 June 2013). "LE MANS: Simonsen Killed In Early Race Accident". SPEED.tv. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  14. ^ Baldwin, Alan (23 June 2013). "Le Mans win tinged with tragedy for Kristensen". Reuters. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Greg Crick
Australian GT
Champion

2007
Succeeded by
Mark Eddy