Danish driver Allan Simonsen has died from injuries suffered in a crash in the first hour of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France, according to race officials.
Simonsen, 34, hit the safety barriers at the Tertre Rouge corner in his No. 95 Aston Martin in just the fourth lap of the race.
“The driver was immediately attended on the scene by the doctors from the Automobile Club de l'Ouest's Medical Service,” according to an official statement.
“In a serious condition, Allan Simonsen was transferred immediately to the Circuit Medical Centre, where he died soon after due to his injuries.”
It was Simonsen's seventh 24 Hours of Le Mans race. It is also believed to be the first death in the 24-hour race event since 1997.