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Template:Infobox racing driver Tom Kristensen (born 7 July 1967) 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 20002005). 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. In both 1999 and 2007 Kristensen's team crashed out of a comfortable lead in the closing hours of the race.

CareerEdit

Tom was born in Hobro. His career began in 1984, winning several karting titles. He raced in Japan in the early 1990s, concurrently in Formula 3 and Touring Cars. He was German Formula 3 Champion in 1991, 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.

File:DTM Audi Kristensen amk.jpg

On 22 April 2007, Kristensen was involved in an accident while racing on the Hockenheimring race course in Hockenheim, Germany.[1] 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 recuperated 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.[2]

24 Hours of Le MansEdit

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 seventh time with an American R8 entry, making him the most successful driver at the Le Mans 24 hour race. 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 four laps. Kristensen returned in 2008 to claim an eighth victory and extend the record for most wins.[3]

Racing recordEdit

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Template:Infobox Le Mans driver

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Overall
Position
Class
Position
1997 Flag of Germany Joest Racing 22px-Flag of Italy Michele Alboreto
22px-Flag of Sweden Stefan Johansson
TWR Porsche WSC-95 LMP 361 1st 1st
1998 Flag of Germany Team BMW Motorsport Flag of Germany Hans Joachim Stuck
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Steve Soper
BMW V12 LM LMP1 60 DNF DNF
1999 Flag of Germany Team BMW Motorsport 22px-Flag of Finland JJ Lehto
Flag of Germany Jörg Müller
BMW V12 LMR LMP 304 DNF DNF
2000 Flag of Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Flag of Germany Frank Biela
22px-Flag of Italy Emanuele Pirro
Audi R8 LMP900 368 1st 1st
2001 Flag of Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Flag of Germany Frank Biela
22px-Flag of Italy Emanuele Pirro
Audi R8 LMP900 321 1st 1st
2002 Flag of Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Flag of Germany Frank Biela
22px-Flag of Italy Emanuele Pirro
Audi R8 LMP900 375 1st 1st
2003 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Team Bentley 22px-Flag of Italy Rinaldo Capello
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Guy Smith
Bentley Speed 8 LMGTP 377 1st 1st
2004 Flag-of-japansmall Audi Sport Japan Team Goh Flag-of-japansmall Seiji Ara
22px-Flag of Italy Rinaldo Capello
Audi R8 LMP1 379 1st 1st
2005 USAflagsmall ADT Champion Racing 22px-Flag of Finland JJ Lehto
Flag of Germany Marco Werner
Audi R8 LMP1 370 1st 1st
2006 Flag of Germany Audi Sport Team Joest 22px-Flag of Italy Rinaldo Capello
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R10 TDI LMP1 367 3rd 3rd
2007 Flag of Germany Audi Sport North America 22px-Flag of Italy Rinaldo Capello
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R10 TDI LMP1 262 DNF DNF
2008 Flag of Germany Audi Sport North America 22px-Flag of Italy Rinaldo Capello
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R10 TDI LMP1 381 1st 1st
2009 Flag of Germany Audi Sport Team Joest 22px-Flag of Italy Rinaldo Capello
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R15 TDI LMP1 376 3rd 3rd
2010 Flag of Germany Audi Sport Team Joest 22px-Flag of Italy Rinaldo Capello
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R15 TDI plus LMP1 394 3rd 3rd
2011 Flag of Germany Audi Sport North America 22px-Flag of Italy Rinaldo Capello
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R18 TDI LMP1 14 DNF DNF
2012 Flag of Germany Audi Sport Team Joest 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Allan McNish
22px-Flag of Italy Rinaldo Capello
Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 377 2nd 2nd

Complete 12 Hours of Sebring resultsEdit

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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
2011 4 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R15 TDI plus LMP1
2012 1 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 TDI LMP1

Complete Petit Le Mans resultsEdit

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
2010 3 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R15 TDI plus LMP1
2011 DNF Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 LMP1

Complete International Formula 3000 resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
1996 Edenbridge Racing NÜR
4
PAU
Ret
PER
HOC
5
SIL
2
SPA
3
MAG
EST
MUG
4
HOC
Ret
7th 18
1997 Auto Sport Racing SIL
1
PAU
2
HEL
Ret
NÜR
3
PER
Ret
HOC
Ret
A1R
6
SPA
Ret
MUG
EX
JER
Ret
6th 19

Complete Japanese Formula 3000 resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
1994 Navi Connection Racing SUZ
8
FUJ
9
MIN
9
SUZ
6
SUG
11
FUJ
9
SUZ
6
FUJ
Ret
FUJ
12
SUZ
4
9th 5
1995 Team Cerumo SUZ
4
MIN
1
SUZ
2
SUG
Ret
FUJ
4
TOK
3
FUJ
Ret
SUZ
5
3rd 29

Complete British Touring Car Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position - 1 point awarded all races) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap - 1 point awarded all races) (* signifies that driver lead feature races for at least one lap - 1 point awarded)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Pos Pts
2000 Redstone Team Honda Honda Accord Touring BRH
1

7
BRH
2

Ret
DON
1

5
DON
2

6
THR
1

9
THR
2

Ret
KNO
1

5
KNO
2

Ret
OUL
1

3
OUL
2

1*
SIL
1

3
SIL
2

6*
CRO
1

4
CRO
2

9
SNE
1

2
SNE
2

Ret
DON
1

10
DON
2

Ret
BRH
1

2
BRH
2

8
OUL
1

8
OUL
2

Ret
SIL
1

1
SIL
2

1*
7th 143

Complete DTM resultsEdit

(key)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos Points
2004 Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2004 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 Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2005 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 Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2006 HOC1
2
LAU
2
OSC
1
BRH
Ret
NOR
5
NÜR
5
ZAN
1
CAT
9
BUG
3
HOC2
3
3rd 56
2007 Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2007 HOC1
Ret
OSC
LAU
BRH
NOR
5
MUG
8
ZAN
18
NÜR
8
CAT
9
HOC2
6
14th 9
2008 Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2008 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 Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2009 HOC1
1
LAU
12
NOR
8
ZAN
8
OSC
8
NÜR
Ret
BRH
Ret
CAT
2
DIJ
18
HOC2
15
8th 21
2011 Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2009 HOC1
ZAN
SPL
LAU
7
NOR
NÜR
BRH
OSC
VAL
HOC2
15th 2

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

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship resultsEdit

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2012 Audi Sport Team Joest LMP1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro Audi TDI 3.7L Turbo V6</br> (Hybrid Diesel) M SEB
ovr:1
cls:1
SPA
ovr:3
cls:3
LMN
ovr:2
cls:2
SIL
ovr:3
cls:3
SÃO
ovr:3
cls:3
BHR
ovr:2
cls:2
FUJ
ovr:3
cls:3
SHA
ovr:2
cls:2
2nd 159

NotesEdit

External linksEdit


Preceded by:
Michael Schumacher
German Formula Three champion
1991
Succeeded by:
Pedro Lamy
Preceded by:
Anthony Reid
All-Japan Formula Three
Champion

1993
Succeeded by:
Michael Krumm
Preceded by:
Manuel Reuter
Davy Jones
Alexander Wurz
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1997 with:
Michele Alboreto
Stefan Johansson
Succeeded by:
Laurent Aïello
Allan McNish
Stéphane Ortelli
Preceded by:
Pierluigi Martini
Yannick Dalmas
Joachim Winkelhock
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
2000, 2001, and 2002 with:
Frank Biela
Emanuele Pirro
Succeeded by:
Tom Kristensen
Rinaldo Capello
Guy Smith
Preceded by:
Emanuele Pirro
American Le Mans Series champion
2002
Succeeded by:
Frank Biela
Marco Werner
Preceded by:
Frank Biela
Tom Kristensen
Emanuele Pirro
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
2003 with:
Rinaldo Capello
Guy Smith
Succeeded by:
Seiji Ara
Tom Kristensen
Rinaldo Capello
Preceded by:
Tom Kristensen
Rinaldo Capello
Guy Smith
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
2004 with:
Seiji Ara
Rinaldo Capello
Succeeded by:
J.J. Lehto
Marco Werner
Tom Kristensen
Preceded by:
Seiji Ara
Tom Kristensen
Rinaldo Capello
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
2005 with:
J.J. Lehto
Marco Werner
Succeeded by:
Frank Biela
Emanuele Pirro
Marco Werner
Preceded by:
Jean Alesi
Sébastien Loeb
Race of Champions
Nations' Cup

2005 with:
Mattias Ekström
Succeeded by:
Marcus Grönholm
Heikki Kovalainen
Preceded by:
Frank Biela
Emanuele Pirro
Marco Werner
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
2008 with:
Rinaldo Capello
Allan McNish
Succeeded by:
David Brabham
Marc Gené
Alexander Wurz

Template:German F3 champions Template:24 Hours of Le Mans winners Template:12 Hours of Sebring winners Template:DTM teams Template:Audi Sport Team Joest driver timeline



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