After the tragic death of Allan Simonsen at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Young Driver AMR had a difficult decision. The team will continue racing in in the "memory of Allan.”
Young Driver AMR has decided to continue its joints assault with Aston Martin Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship in memory of Allan Simonsen, who felt victim of tragic accident during the 24 hours of Le Mans.
"It was not easy to decide if we should stop or continue our 2013 FIA WEC project after Le Mans”, Young Driver AMR´s Jan Struve said. “It has of course been a very emotional time for all of us, so we have spent more time together and phoned regularly to support each other and the final decision to continue in the 2013 FIA WEC was first taken recently after Kristian (Poulsen) and Christoffer (Nygaard) had a test in an Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE in England.
“It has been a big puzzle to make this happen. On top of the emotional part, we also need a new car to continue, and I’m very thankful to the entire Aston Martin Racing crew, where people have cancelled their holiday to make it possible that we can have a new car ready for the next FIA WEC round at Sao Paulo.”
“I’m happy that we all separately came to the conclusion to continue in the 2013 FIA WEC in the memory of Allan.”
"It was of course very emotional to get back into the race car“, Christoffer Nygaard said. "But we didn’t want to make a decision whether to continue with our program before Kristian and I sat in the car again. The test was obviously very emotional for us. But it was important to both of us how we would feel in the car and if we felt that we are able to continue in the FIA WEC.“
Kristian Poulsen: "Allan was a racer, he would wanted us to go out there and racing. This it what we will do and we will race in his memory.“
It is not decided yet if Nygaard and Poulsen will be joined by a third driver in the #95 Young Driver AMR/Aston Martin Racing-Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE in the remaining five rounds of the FIA WEC. The next round of the FIA WEC will take place on September 1st in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Christoffer Nygaard will take part in the Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix (CHGP) this weekend where he will do taxi rides for a good cause in an Aston Martin on Saturday and Sunday. All proceeds from these taxi rides will go to the children’s cancer station in Copenhagen’s "Rigshospitalet“ Hospital.
During the Copenhagen Grand Prix, all proceeds of the official program magazine will go to the Allan Simonsen Memorial Fund. Every fan and spectator can decide by themselves how much he is willing pay for the program magazine. All program sellers will have collecting boxes for the Allan Simonsen Memorial Fund.
Recipient and account details are:
Allan Simonsens Mindefond (The Allan Simonsen Memorial Fund)
c/o Dansk Automobil Sports Union
Brøndby Stadion 20
Erhverv Vesterbrogade 9
DK-1557 Copenhagen V
Account no. 5078 1117416.
IBAN number: DK1350780001117416.
Swift (BIC address) is JYBADKKK.
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