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Tom Kristensen

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Tom Kristensen (born 7 July 1967 in Hobro) is a Danish racing driver. He has won many championships in auto racing but his most famous achievement is being the only person to win the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans eight times, six of which were consecutive (from 2000-2005). In 1997, he won the race with the Joest Racing team, driving a Tom Walkinshaw Racing-designed and Porsche-powered WSC95, after being a late inclusion in the team following Davy Jones' accident that eventually ruled him out of the race. All of his wins since then have come driving an Audi prototype, except in 2003, when he drove a Bentley prototype.

Career

Tom's career began in 1984, winning several karting titles. He raced in Japan in the early 90s, concurrently in Formula 3 and Touring Cars. He was Japanese Formula 3 champion in 1993, and runner-up in the Japanese Touring Car Championship (JTCC) in 1992 and 1994. He was 6th in Formula 3000 in both 1996 and 1997, and test driver for Tyrrell in their final Formula One season in 1998, and for Michelin as they prepared their F1 tyres using an older Williams car in 2000. He was 3rd in the STW Cup in Germany in 1999, 7th in the British Touring Car Championship in 2000, and winner of the 12 Hours of Sebring in both those years.

Kristensen driving for Audi (Abt) at the Hockenheimring in the 2008 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters season.

On 22 April 2007, Kristensen was involved in an accident while racing on the Hockenheimring race course in Hockenheim, Germany.<ref>http://politiken.dk/sport/article288794.ece Template:Da icon</ref> The crash resulted in a long break from training for Kristensen, and his participation in the 2007 Le Mans race was in jeopardy. However, Kristensen recouperated quickly, and was cleared by the Le Mans doctors to start the race. It was reported, that a new type of collar may have prevented him suffering a broken neck in the crash.<ref>http://politiken.dk/sport/article288849.ece Template:Da icon</ref>

24 Hours of Le Mans

In 2000, 2001, and 2002 he won the 24 Hours at Le Mans race with the powerful Audi R8 along with Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro, becoming the first three drivers since Jacky Ickx in 1977 to win the race on three straight occasions. In 2003, he won the race with Bentley. In 2004, he equaled Ickx's record of six Le Mans victories in Team Goh's Audi R8. 2005 saw Kristensen win a record seventh time with an American R8 entry. The 2006 race saw Kristensen finishing in third place in the new diesel-powered Audi R10. Kristensen didn't finish the 2007 race following Rinaldo Capello's crash while the car was leading the race by eight laps. Kristensen returned in 2008 to claim an eighth victory, making him the most winning driver at the Le Mans 24 hour race with 8 wins.<ref name="lemans2008"> Template:Cite web</ref>

Racing record

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Template:Le Mans drivers

Year Result Team Car Class
1997 1 Joest Racing TWR Porsche WSC-95 LMP
1998 Ret Team BMW Motorsport BMW V12 LM LMP1
1999 Ret Team BMW Motorsport / Schnitzer Motorsport BMW V12 LMR LMP
2000 1 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R8 LMP900
2001 1 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R8 LMP900
2002 1 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R8 LMP900
2003 1 Team Bentley Bentley Speed 8 LMGTP
2004 1 Audi Sport Japan Team Goh Audi R8 LMP1
2005 1 ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 LMP1
2006 3 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R10 LMP1
2007 Ret Audi Sport North America Audi R10 LMP1
2008 1 Audi Sport North America Audi R10 LMP1

Complete 12 Hours of Sebring results

Year Result Team Car Class
1999 1 Team BMW Motorsport / Schnitzer Motorsport BMW V12 LMR LMP
2000 1 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R8 LMP900
2001 2 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R8 LMP900
2002 5 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R8 LMP900
2003 4 Team Bentley Bentley Speed 8 LMGTP
2004 DNP
2005 1 ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 LMP1
2006 1 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R10 LMP1
2007 4 Audi Sport North America Audi R10 LMP1
2008 3 Audi Sport North America Audi R10 LMP1
2009 1 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R15 TDI LMP1

Complete Petit Le Mans results

Year Result Team Car Class
2000 2 Audi Sport North America Audi R8 LMP
2001 Ret Audi Sport North America Audi R8 LMP900
2002 1 Audi Sport North America Audi R8 LMP900

Complete DTM results

(key)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos Points
2004 Audi HOC1
4
EST
4
ADR
10
LAU
10
NOR
6
SHA1
Ret
NÜR
5
OSC
1
ZAN
6
BRN
2
HOC2
4
4th 43
2005 Audi HOC1
Ret
LAU1
2
SPA
3
BRN
2
OSC
5
NOR
7
NÜR
2
ZAN
4
LAU2
3
IST
5
HOC2
4
3rd 56
2006 Audi HOC1
2
LAU
2
OSC
1
BRH
Ret
NOR
5
NÜR
5
ZAN
1
CAT
9
BUG
3
HOC2
3
3rd 56
2007 Audi HOC1
Ret
OSC
Inj
LAU
Inj
BRH
Inj
NOR
5
MUG
8
ZAN
18
NÜR
8
CAT
9
HOC2
6
14th 9
2008 Audi HOC1
3
OSC
Ret
MUG
3
LAU
16
NOR
7
ZAN
3
NÜR
Ret
BRH
7
CAT
13
BUG
8
HOC2
5
8th 27
2009 Audi HOC1
1
LAU
NOR
ZAN
OSC
NÜR
BRH
CAT
DIJ
HOC2
1st* 10*
  • * Season in progress.

1 - A non-championship one-off race was held in 2004 at the streets of Shanghai, China.

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