Aston Martin Takes 3rd Place at Le Mans, Dedicates Result to Late Allan Simonsen
The British team finished the endurance event third in the LM GTE Pro class, behind two Team Panthey Porsche 911 RSRs, and 18th overall. The N0.97 car was driven by Darren Turner, Peter Dumbreck and Stefan Mucke. The second car, mastered by Roald Goethe, Jamie Campbell-Walter and Stuart Hall ended the race in 31st, 47 laps behind the winner.
“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,” said David Richards, chairman of Aston Martin.
Danish driver Allan Simonsen crashed in the opening laps of the race and dies from injuries at the facility’s medical center shortly after.