Mourners pack the funeral service for Allan Simonsen

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Wednesday 3rd July, 2013 - 9:16am

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Allan Simonsen

Allan Simonsen

Danish driver Allan Simonsen has been put to rest in his hometown of Odense in a moving service.

Mourners from all corners of the globe packed the Odense Cathedral to overflowing.

Under a deep blue summer sky among those paying their respects were nine-times Le Mans 24 Hour winner Tom Kristensen, David Richards, his team-mates at Le Mans this year, former team-mate Dominik Farnbacher, Jan Magnussen, Jason Watt, Thorkild Thyrring, John Neilsen and Lars Erik Neilsen.

Former Aussie GT racer Bryce Washington and Simonsen’s close media contact and friend Jon Hart also paid their respects at the funeral.

Aston Martin Racing boss Richards was among those to deliver eulogies. Richards spoke of a driver who touched so many people around the world and who had tremendous spirit and courage.

Allan Simonsen's casket is placed in the hearse following the service. Pic: Paul Ryan

Allan Simonsen’s casket is placed in the hearse following the service

The Danish Automobile Sport union has previously announced the creation of a foundation in his memory.

Simonsen, 34, lost his life behind the wheel of the #95 Aston Martin in the early stages of the Le Mans 24 Hour race 10 days ago.

Speedcafe.com passes on its best wishes for Allan’s family, partner Carina and baby Mie-Mai who was born last year, his extensive network of friends and supporters and large fan base around the world.

 

 

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