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Tom Kristensen

Birth Date: 7 July 1967 Home Town: Hobro, Denmark
Nationality: Danish Web: www.tomkristensen.com

Tom Kristensen is the greatest competitor the Le Mans 24-Hours has ever known. The Dane took his first victory in the event in 1997 and followed it with a string of six successive wins from 2000-2005 that took him past the record previously held by Belgian legend Jacky Ickx. He added an eighth win in 2008 and a ninth in 2013.

Kristensen also holds the record at the Sebring 12 Hours with six wins, confirming his status as the greatest endurance racer of all time, along with his first FIA World Endurance Championship in 2013. Overall, his career on four wheels stretches back nearly three decades. Kristensen has also regularly competed in the German DTM touring car series for Audi, with whom he has twice finished in the title top three.

Kristensen has appeared at every Race Of Champions since 2001, yet another record. He continues to impress, making it to the ROC Grand Final in 2012 only to be beaten by Romain Grosjean.

A year earlier he reached both the ROC Nations Cup final for Team Nordic and the Race Of Champions Grand Final, defeating Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher along the way. He also made it to both finals in 2005, when he and Mattias Ekström emerged victorious in the ROC Nations Cup for Team Scandinavia.

Career Highlights

  • Record nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner – (1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008 & 2013)
  • Record six-time winner of the 12 Hours of Sebring (1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2009 & 2012)
  • FIA World Endurance Champion 2013

Other Achievements

2009: Took victory in the first round of the DTM season, his 4th career win

2006: Finished 3rd in DTM Championship with Audi

2005: Finished 3rd in DTM Championship with Audi

2004: DTM Rookie of the year

2003: Won 1000km of Spa and 1000km Le Mans, with Audi, plus Le Mans 24 Hours with Bentley

2002: American Le Mans Series Champion; Le Mans 24 Hours Winner (both with Audi)

2001: 4 wins in the American Le Mans Series; Le Mans 24 Hours winner (both with Audi)

1998-2000: F1 test driver for Minardi, BAR-Tyrrell & BMW-Williams

1997: Won Le Mans 24 Hours on his debut with Porsche-Joest

1995: Runner-up in the Japanese F3000 championship

1993: Japanese F3 Champion

1991: German F3 Champion, voted world’s best F3 driver

1985: Go Kart Nordic and Denmark Champion

1982: Go Kart debut

ROC Highlights

  • Years contested: 2001-2014*

2012: Reached the Race Of Champions Grand Final, losing out to Romain Grosjean

2011: Reached the Race Of Champions Grand Final, losing out to Sébastien Ogier; took Team Nordic to the final of the ROC Nations Cup in partnership with Juha Hänninen

2008: Kristensen and Ekström took Team Scandinavia to the final of the ROC Nations Cup

2005: Won the ROC Nations Cup for Scandinavia with Mattias Ekström. Finished as runner-up in the Race Of Champions


*2013 event called off due to the political situation in Bangkok

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