The 2013 Le Mans 24 Hour has concluded bringing the world of motorsport its 90th instalment of the worlds most famous race. The titanic battle between top dogs Audi and Toyota did not disappoint as from the moment the lights turned green, on a track with changing conditions, they held nothing back. Whilst Toyota looked to have the potential to snatch victory from the dominant Audi team, it was car number 2 piloted by Kristensen, Duval and McNish that took overall victory. Toyota number 8 took 2nd with a particularly valiant drive from Anthony Davidson and his team. The final podium position belongs to the number 3 Audi. The Morgan-Nissan took the crown for the LMP2 class and Porsche took a triumphant victory in GTE Pro on their 50th anniversary of the 911. GTE-AM was won by the IMSA Porsche 911 RSR.
However the cruelest reminder of how dangerous motorsport is came within the first 10 minutes of the 2013 race. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage of Allan Simonsen collided with a barrier at speed, an incident that resulted in the death of a rising star in racing. It is not yet know what caused the accident. Aston Martin were about to withdraw their 4 remaining cars from the race out of respect, but Allan’s family insisted that he would have wanted the team to continue.
Our thoughts and condolences are with Allan Simonsen’s friends and family. He died aged just 34 and leaves behind a wife and baby daughter. To his daughter I would like to leave this message. “Your father passed away doing what he loved, I hope that one day that his determination and passion gives you strength in whatever you do.”