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 four Race Of Champions second place finishes. The most recent of those final defeats came against Sebastian Vettel in 2015, although a year earlier the Great Dane proved he’d lost none of his speed en route to the ROC Nations Cup title with Team Nordic team-mate Petter Solberg, who he again partners in Miami.
In 2012 Kristensen reached the ROC Grand Final but was beaten by Romain Grosjean. A year earlier 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.
This year he will tie the record for most ROC appearances currently held by 1984 WRC champion Stig Blomqvist (15).
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
Years contested: 2001-2012, 2014-2015, 2017 (15)
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
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