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Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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Tragedy at Le Mans


To serve as a reminder as to how dangerous motorsport is 10 minutes into the the 24 Hours of Le Mans Allan Simonsen suffers a fatal crash, the first at the race since 1997:


Posted June 22, 2013, 17:24:19 PM Logged
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Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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Former F1 driver Alan McNish wins his third Le Mans, however it is somewhat overshadowed by the death of Allan Simonsen:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/motorsport/23022095

Posted June 23, 2013, 20:10:45 PM Logged
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Offline Snowcrash
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Re: Tragedy at Le Mans


Weird crash. It looks like something failed on the car and it went left.

We get used to seeing cars (esp F1) having massive crashes and the drivers walking away. RIP Allan Simonsen.

Posted June 23, 2013, 21:35:08 PM Logged
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Offline Freddy
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Poor guy RIP

Posted June 24, 2013, 13:40:04 PM Logged

Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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Weird crash. It looks like something failed on the car and it went left.

He was trying to avoid a spinning Ferrari in front of him, it was wet and it looks like he got on the white line as he moved, the speed appears to have been enough that he just lost control.

Posted June 24, 2013, 18:16:26 PM Logged
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Offline sybershot
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Re: Tragedy at Le Mans


R.I.P. Allan Simonsen

Posted June 25, 2013, 19:51:52 PM Logged

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From looking at the video the crash didn't appear to be fast enough or bad enough to be fatal.

Very unlucky that.   Sad

Posted June 26, 2013, 10:26:35 AM Logged

Offline Diesel
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I understand what you are saying there Data, it does make me wonder if something else happened to the guy prior to the accident.  scratch-head

Either way, RIP fella'.

Posted June 26, 2013, 12:06:15 PM Logged
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Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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It took them an hour to repair the barriers, I'd say it was a lot faster than it looked Data.

Posted June 26, 2013, 17:33:06 PM Logged
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Offline Snowcrash
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If you look, you'll see the roof is bent in. That chassis is toast. That was a huge impact.

Posted June 26, 2013, 18:17:31 PM Logged
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