In Aston Martin's centenary year of celebrations, what should be one of the most exciting events for the
racing team quickly turned tragic. The #95 Aston Martin Vantage V8 car, driven by Allan Simonsen in the
LMGTE AM class, was involved in a high-speed crash on lap two that ended in the death of the 34-year-old driver.
"Following the wishes of Allan's family, the team continued its participation in the race which was
obviously very emotional and difficult for everyone. Both the #97 and #99 cars led for long periods of
time but, ultimately, it was the changing weather conditions in the last hours that cost us the victory we
all longed for. I'd like to thank everyone who has shown us such support over the weekend and sent the
messages of condolence to Allan's family," David Richards, Chairman of Aston Martin commented.
Despite the horrific circumstances, Aston Martin and its drivers worked in remembrance of their fallen
team member. Out of the four cars (excluding the now retired #95 car) between both the LMGTE Pro
and LMGTE Am classes, one managed to see a top three position.
Starting in 2nd place, the LMGTE Pro #97 car (driven by Peter Dumbreck, Stefan Mucke, and Darren
Turner), given the Gulf livery competition design
shared the front row with the #99 car (driven by Rob Bell, Frederic Makowiecki, and
Bruno Senna), which qualified on pole. Turner, in the #97, passed Bell, in the #99 car and worked to
keep the Porsche at bay into the night.
Unfortunately, as conditions worsened on track, the #99 car, driven by Makowiecki, collided with a
barrier giving up the lead while the #97 car continued in 2nd. Worsening conditions and safety cars
caused the #97 car to lose the lead and finish in a respectable 3rd while the #99 car finished 11th.
The third LMGTE Pro car, #98 (driven by Bill Auberlen, Paul Dalla Lana, and Pedro Lamy), was dealt a bad
hand when technical issues forced the car to retire from the race. And the remaining LMGTE Am car, #96
(driven by Jamie Campbell-Walter, Roald Goethe, and Stuart Hall) had a competitive run through the 24-
hours and finished 6th.
The #97 driver Darren Turner said: "It's been an emotional weekend. No one could have ever thought it
would start as it did. Our thoughts are with Allan, his family and all the mates he made around the world
during his racing career."
Driver Allan Simonsen, of the #95 car, died from injuries sustained in a high-speed LMGTE Am crash
#97 car finished 3rd for the LMGTE Pro class
#98 car retired after technical issues
#99 car, in the LMGTE Pro class, finished 11th
The remaining LMGTE Am class car, #96, finished 6th