Tom Kristensen

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This article is about the Danish racing driver. For the Danish poet, see Tom Kristensen (poet). For the Norwegian author, see Tom Kristensen (author).
Tom Kristensen
Tom Kristensen at Silverstone 2011 001.jpg
Tom Kristensen at the 2011 6 Hours of Silverstone
Nationality Danish
Born (1967-07-07) 7 July 1967 (age 47)
Hobro, Denmark
2014 WEC
Debut season 2012
Current team Audi Sport Team Joest
Car no. 1
Starts 11
Wins 3
Poles 2
Best finish 1st in 2013
Previous series
2004–2011
20012002
2000
1998–1999
1996–1997
1994–1995
1994–1995
1992–1993
1989, 1991
DTM
American Le Mans Series
BTCC
German Supertouring
International Formula 3000
Japanese Formula 3000
JTCC
Japanese Formula Three
German Formula Three
Championship titles
2013
2001
1993
1991
FIA World Endurance Championship
American Le Mans Series
Japanese Formula Three
German Formula Three

Tom Kristensen (born 7 July 1967) is a Danish racing driver. He holds the record for the most wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with nine, six of which were consecutive (from 2000 to 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's 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. He is considered by many to be the greatest driver ever to have raced in 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Kristensen was appointed Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog by the Queen of Denmark.

Career[edit]

Kristensen 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.

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.[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 Mans[edit]

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 (Ickx left a message on Kristensen's answering machine congratulating him on breaking his record). 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] In 2013, he took his ninth victory at the event, extending his record and legendary status even further. Also he has received nickname "Mr Le Mans" because of the record of winning Le Mans 9 times total.

On 11 June 2014, the Audi #1 driven by Duval was severely damaged, causting doubt whether it could be repaired for the race, or if Audi could build a new car in time, which would start from the back of the field. Duval was in reasonable condition, considering the magnitude of the accident.[4] The car was actually rebuilt by Audi over the next day, and qualified seventh in the race.

Racing record[edit]

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1997–present
Teams Joest Racing, BMW Motorsport, Audi Sport Joest, Team Bentley, Audi Sport Goh, Champion Racing
Best finish 1st (1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2013)
Class wins 9 (1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2013)
Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1997 Germany Joest Racing Italy Michele Alboreto
Sweden Stefan Johansson
TWR Porsche WSC-95 LMP 361 1st 1st
1998 Germany Team BMW Motorsport Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck
United Kingdom Steve Soper
BMW V12 LM LMP1 60 DNF DNF
1999 Germany Team BMW Motorsport Finland JJ Lehto
Germany Jörg Müller
BMW V12 LMR LMP 304 DNF DNF
2000 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Germany Frank Biela
Italy Emanuele Pirro
Audi R8 LMP900 368 1st 1st
2001 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Germany Frank Biela
Italy Emanuele Pirro
Audi R8 LMP900 321 1st 1st
2002 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Germany Frank Biela
Italy Emanuele Pirro
Audi R8 LMP900 375 1st 1st
2003 United Kingdom Team Bentley Italy Rinaldo Capello
United Kingdom Guy Smith
Bentley Speed 8 LMGTP 377 1st 1st
2004 Japan Audi Sport Japan Team Goh Japan Seiji Ara
Italy Rinaldo Capello
Audi R8 LMP1 379 1st 1st
2005 United States ADT Champion Racing Finland JJ Lehto
Germany Marco Werner
Audi R8 LMP1 370 1st 1st
2006 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Italy Rinaldo Capello
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R10 TDI LMP1 367 3rd 3rd
2007 Germany Audi Sport North America Italy Rinaldo Capello
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R10 TDI LMP1 262 DNF DNF
2008 Germany Audi Sport North America Italy Rinaldo Capello
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R10 TDI LMP1 381 1st 1st
2009 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Italy Rinaldo Capello
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R15 TDI LMP1 376 3rd 3rd
2010 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Italy Rinaldo Capello
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R15 TDI plus LMP1 394 3rd 3rd
2011 Germany Audi Sport North America Italy Rinaldo Capello
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R18 TDI LMP1 14 DNF DNF
2012 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest United Kingdom Allan McNish
Italy Rinaldo Capello
Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 377 2nd 2nd
2013 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest United Kingdom Allan McNish
France Loïc Duval
Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 348 1st 1st
2014 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Spain Marc Gené
Brazil Lucas di Grassi
Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1-H 376 2nd 2nd
Tom Kristensen's helmet.

Complete 12 Hours of Sebring results[edit]

Kristensen driving the Audi R15 TDI which led him to a fifth win at Sebring.
Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1999 Germany BMW Motorsport
Germany Schnitzer Motorsport
Germany Jörg Müller
Finland JJ Lehto
BMW V12 LMR LMP 313 1st 1st
2000 Germany Audi Sport North America Germany Frank Biela
Italy Emanuele Pirro
Audi R8 LMP 360 1st 1st
2001 Germany Audi Sport North America Germany Frank Biela
Italy Emanuele Pirro
Audi R8 LMP900 370 2nd 2nd
2002 Germany Audi Sport North America Germany Frank Biela
Italy Emanuele Pirro
Audi R8 LMP900 327 5th 5th
2003 United Kingdom Team Bentley United Kingdom Guy Smith
Italy Rinaldo Capello
Bentley Speed 8 LMGTP 362 4th 2nd
2005 United States ADT Champion Racing Finland JJ Lehto
Germany Marco Werner
Audi R8 LMP1 361 1st 1st
2006 United States Audi Sport North America Italy Rinaldo Capello
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R10 TDI LMP1 349 1st 1st
2007 United States Audi Sport North America Italy Rinaldo Capello
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R10 TDI LMP1 353 4th 2nd
2008 United States Audi Sport North America Italy Rinaldo Capello
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R10 TDI LMP1 351 3rd 1st
2009 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Italy Rinaldo Capello
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R15 TDI LMP1 383 1st 1st
2011 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Italy Rinaldo Capello
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R15 TDI plus LMP1 327 4th 4th
2012 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Italy Rinaldo Capello
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R18 TDI LMP1 325 1st 1st
2013 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest United Kingdom Allan McNish
Brazil Lucas di Grassi
Audi R18 e-tron quattro P1 364 2nd 2nd

Complete Petit Le Mans results[edit]

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 results[edit]

(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/Formula Nippon results[edit]

(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
1996 Navi Connection Racing SUZ MIN FUJ TOK SUZ SUG FUJ MIN
8
SUZ FUJ NC 0

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(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 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters results[edit]

(key)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos Points
2004 Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2004 HOC
4
EST
4
ADR
10
LAU
10
NOR
6
SHA1
Ret
NÜR
5
OSC
1
ZAN
6
BRN
2
HOC
4
4th 43
2005 Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2005 HOC
Ret
LAU
2
SPA
3
BRN
2
OSC
5
NOR
7
NÜR
2
ZAN
4
LAU
3
IST
5
HOC
4
3rd 56
2006 Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2006 HOC
2
LAU
2
OSC
1
BRH
18†
NOR
5
NÜR
5
ZAN
1
CAT
9
BUG
3
HOC
3
3rd 56
2007 Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2007 HOC
Ret
OSC
LAU
BRH
NOR
5
MUG
8
ZAN
18†
NÜR
8
CAT
9†
HOC
6
14th 9
2008 Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2008 HOC
3
OSC
19†
MUG
3
LAU
16
NOR
7
ZAN
3
NÜR
Ret
BRH
7
CAT
13
BUG
8
HOC
5
8th 27
2009 Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2009 HOC
1
LAU
12
NOR
8
ZAN
8
OSC
8
NÜR
Ret
BRH
19†
CAT
2
DIJ
18†
HOC
15
8th 21
2011 Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2009 HOC
ZAN
SPL
LAU
7
NOR
NÜR
BRH
OSC
VAL
HOC
15th 2

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

  • † — Retired, but was classified as she completed 90 per cent of the winner's race distance.

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 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
(Hybrid Diesel)
SEB
1
SPA
3
LMS
2
SIL
3
SÃO
3
BHR
2
FUJ
3
SHA
2
2nd 159
2013 Audi Sport Team Joest LMP1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro Audi TDI 3.7L Turbo V6
(Hybrid Diesel)
SIL
1
SPA
2
LMS
1
SÃO
2
COA
1
FUJ
2
SHA
3
BHR
Ret
1st 162
2014 Audi Sport Team Joest LMP1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro Audi TDI 4.0 L Turbo V6
(Hybrid Diesel)
SIL
Ret
SPA
2
LMS
2
COA
2
FUJ
5
SHA
BHR
SÃO
4th* 82*

* Season in progress

Notes[edit]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
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
Preceded by
André Lotterer
Benoît Tréluyer
Marcel Fässler
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
2013 with:
Allan McNish
Loïc Duval
Succeeded by
André Lotterer
Benoît Tréluyer
Marcel Fässler
Preceded by
André Lotterer
Benoît Tréluyer
Marcel Fässler
FIA World Endurance Champion
2013 with:
Allan McNish
Loïc Duval
Succeeded by
Incumbent