Tom Kristensen (born 7 July 1967 Hobro ) is a Danish racing driver. With nine overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, he is the most successful driver at this venerable and prestigious racing event. With the previous six overall victories, he is also the 12 Hours of Sebring the most successful driver. In addition, Kristensen from 2004 to 2011 in the DTM active.
- 2.1 Le Mans
- 2.2 12 Hours of Sebring
- 2.3 Individual results in the DTM
Kristensen is the son of renowned Danish racing driver Carl Erik Kristensen (1942-2013), who won among others the Danish Rallycross Championship 1980. The first successes in motorsport was achieved by the trained banker already in the 1980s in various karting championships. Between 1982 and 1989, he was four times in Denmark and one each in Italy and Scandinavian kart champion. In 1991 he won the German Formula 3 Championship. He became famous for success in different endurance racing and touring car championships.
2002 and 2005 he was voted Denmark's Sportsman of the Year.
Kristensen lives with his partner Hanne Andersen and their three children in Denmark.
His greatest achievements include nine victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 2004, he was able ( with the then sixth win since 1997) set the record of Jacky Ickx, the most successful Le Mans starters. He was in 2005 with his seventh victory excel again this success. From 2000 to 2005, Kristensen was always sitting in the winning car. In 2006, he was with Rinaldo Capello (Italy ) and Allan McNish (Scotland ) as a magnificent fightback finished third. In 2008 he reached with Rinaldo Capello and Allan McNish his eighth overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Audi. 2009 and 2010 he was in each case as a third party, in 2012 as second on the podium. Only four times ( 1998, 1999, 2007, 2011 ) he was not at seventeen Le Mans participations on the winner's podium. In 2013 he won with the Audi R18 e -tron quattro his ninth victory at Le Mans.
Since 2004 he start for the Team Abt Sportsline with an Audi A4 in DTM and reached here in the first year to fourth place in the overall standings. In 2005 he drove an Audi A4 DTM Edition and finished at the end of rank 3 in the overall standings. In 2006 he finished also in the overall standings with two wins at Oschersleben and Zandvoort Rank 3 An accident on 22 April 2007 at the Hockenheimring was the only serious incident in his career. However, he was taken to the hospital with only minor injuries. On 15 May 2009 Kristensen announced after 2009 to finish his DTM career and future, only to start in sports car racing. After a good qualifying result of the hitherto runner benefited from a tire defect of the previously sovereign leading brand mate Mattias Ekström two laps to go and won at the Hockenheimring his fourth victory in the DTM. After the last race of the season at Hockenheim Kristensen ended his active career in the DTM and was planning to just turn to the long-distance races in the future. In 2011 he returned back, however, as the representative for the injured Mike Rockenfeller for a race in the DTM.
12 Hours of Sebring
Individual results in the DTM
1 The race in Shanghai did not count for the championship.