Many of Kristensen’s best-known Le Mans racers will be driven up the hillclimb course, by Tom himself or some of his team-mates, during the weekend. Audi has confirmed it will bring a selection of its dominant LMP1 prototypes, while the glorious British Racing Green Bentley Speed 8 GTP car of 2003 will also be there. BMW has pledged its 1999 V12 LMR, raced by TK in 1999. Le Mans victory slipped from his grasp that year, but he did take the V12 machine to his first – of six – wins in the Sebring 12 Hours earlier that season.
“I can’t wait to see some my old cars again – I will feel quite nostalgic about it,” Kristensen says. And I’ll be so pleased to see some of my team-mates again. I had 11 winning team-mates at Le Mans, all of whom did a great job. I can remember them all, of course: Michele Alboreto, Stefan Johansson, Emanuele Pirro, Frank Biela, Dindo Capello, Guy Smith, Seiji Ara, JJ Lehto, Marco Werner, Allan McNish and Loic Duval. It’s obvious, I know, but I couldn’t have done it without them.
“I’m going to be reminded wherever I look how lucky I was during 18 incredible years at the world’s greatest race!”
Kristensen’s Le Mans 24 Hours wins
1997 – TWR Porsche WSC95 (Michele Alboreto/Stefan Johansson)
2000 – Joest Audi R8 (Frank Biela/Emanuele Pirro)
2001 – Joest Audi R8 (Frank Biela/Emanuele Pirro)
2002 – Joest Audi R8 (Frank Biela/Emanuele Pirro)
2003 – Bentley Speed 8 (Rinaldo Capello/Guy Smith)
2004 – Team Goh Audi R8 (Seiji Ara/Rinaldo Capello)
2005 – Champion Racing Audi R8 (JJ Lehto/Marco Werner)
2008 – Joest Audi R10 TDi (Rinaldo Capello/Allan McNish)
2013 – Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro (Loic Duval/Allan McNish)
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