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Allan Simonsen RIP

Postby sinsi on Sun Jun 23, 2013 5:52 am

Danish driver Allan Simonsen dies in Le Mans 24 Hour crash
He was pretty well known here because of the GT Championship, won it in 2007.
Really nice guy, always had time to talk to us fans - even in the front bar, unwinding after a race.
34 years old, too soon. RIP mate.
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Re: Allan Simonsen RIP

Postby Adam on Sun Jun 23, 2013 2:30 pm

It's always the ones that look like nothing that you have to watch out for. McNish in 2011, Rockenfeller in 2011, Davidson in 2012 - all of those looked devastating, yet one walked away and two suffered only minor injuries.

Condolences to friends, family and colleagues. What with the marshall killed at the Canadian GP as well, it's not a good month for motorsport's mortality figures.
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Re: Allan Simonsen RIP

Postby tifosi77 on Sun Jun 23, 2013 2:38 pm

Watching the start of the race, there were two things that indicated early on that perhaps all was not well. The roof of the car was all caved in, which is never a good thing. And the TV coverage never really went back to the crash site after showing the initial replay of the car bounding back towards the track at Tertre Rouge, at least not for about 15-20 minutes. Was one of those things that you had an uneasy feeling about right from the off.

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Re: Allan Simonsen RIP

Postby Warweezil on Sun Jun 23, 2013 2:54 pm

Tragic news indeed. I heard someone on the coverage proposing replacing the Armco with demountable concrete wall sections - sounds just as bad to me, they were saying it didn't seem very modern to have trucks lumbering around with replacement barrier sections on board - or to see workers hammering posts back into place. Modern isn't the issue... safety is, and if the best type of protection takes longer to repair after an impact then so be it. There seems to be a lot of posts in the Armco there, I'm wondering if it is able to deform in the way that it needs to. Its a shame that they cant come up with something like the Air Fence that they use in Moto GP

Its always a heart stopping moment when you go to a car after a hard impact, you pray that the driver responds to your "thumbs up" with the same gesture. I don't envy the Marshals that went down to this one, Also sad to see the other car from the team hit the barrier this morning, it would have been nice to see them take the class win.

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Re: Allan Simonsen RIP

Postby Paul on Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:45 pm


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