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Tom Kristensen

Tom Kristensen - Tom Kristensen

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    5

    Race of Champions

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    2

    ROC Nations Cup

Birth Date: 7 July 1967

Birthplace: Hobro, Denmark

Tom Kristensen is the greatest racer 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 then added further wins in 2008 and 2013.

Now retired from official competition, Kristensen also holds a record six wins at the Sebring 12 Hours plus a FIA WEC title from 2013, confirming his status as the greatest endurance racer of all time.

The Dane’s career on four wheels stretches back nearly three decades. He has also appeared in the German DTM touring car series for Audi, with whom he twice finished in the championship’s top three.

TK’s unbroken run of 15-straight ROC appearances (2013’s event was cancelled as a result of Thailand’s political unrest) includes two ROC Nations Cup titles and five Race Of Champions second place finishes. The most recent of those final defeats came against Juan-Pablo Montoya in 2017 in Miami..

In 2015 and 2012 Kristensen reached the ROC Grand Final but was beaten by Sebastian Vettel and  Romain Grosjean respectively. In 2011 he reached both the ROC Nations Cup final and the ROC 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 won the ROC Nations Cup for Team Scandinavia.

In 2017 he tied the record for most ROC appearances held by 1984 WRC champion Stig Blomqvist (15) but proved age was no barrier by finishing second (again) in the Race Of Champions to Juan Pablo Montoya.

 

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 Karting Nordic and Denmark Champion

1982 Karting debut

 

ROC HIGHLIGHTS

Years contested: 2001-2012, 2014-2015, 2017 (15)

2017 2nd, Race Of Champions

2015 2nd, Race Of Champions

2014 Winner, ROC Nations Cup for Team Nordic with Petter Solberg

2012 2nd, Race Of Champions

2011 2nd, Race Of Champions; 2nd, ROC Nations Cup for Team Nordic with Juha Hänninen

2008 2nd, ROC Nations Cup for Team Scandinavia with Mattias Ekström

2005 Winner, ROC Nations Cup for Team Scandinavia with Mattias Ekström; 2nd, Race Of Champions 

 

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