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 2015 and 2012 before being beaten by F1 drivers Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean, respectively. A year earlier he reached both the ROC Nations Cup final for Team Nordic and the Race Of Champions Grand Final, defeating 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. Kristensen repeated the feat alongside Petter Solberg for Team Nordic at Bushy Park Barbados in 2014.
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
2015: Reached the Race Of Champions Grand Final, losing out to Sebastian Vettel
2014: ROC Nations Cup winner alongside Petter Solberg for Team Nordic
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
*2013 event called off due to the political situation in Bangkok