Kristensen gets to chase his eighth Le Mans win

Kristensen gets to chase his eighth Le Mans win

Tom Kristensen has been cleared to race at Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend. The Dane, who is looking for his eighth victory in the event, has been given the go-ahead to race alongside Rinaldo Capello and Allan McNish in the ...

Tom Kristensen has been cleared to race at Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend. The Dane, who is looking for his eighth victory in the event, has been given the go-ahead to race alongside Rinaldo Capello and Allan McNish in the #2 Audi Sport North America R10.

"It's a fantastic feeling," said Kristensen, "Over the last few weeks my recovery really accelerated. I feel fit and I'm delighted to be able to compete with Dindo and Allan again."

Medical crew helping Tom Kristensen.
Photo by xpb.cc.

Kristensen has been out of action since the opening round of the DTM championship at Hockenheim on 22 April after he was tapped into a spin on the first lap and hit at high speed by Alexandre Premat.

He made a surprise visit to his Audi team at Brands Hatch on Saturday during the DTM event to update the team about his situation and to complete some practice laps behind the wheel of an Audi A4 DTM 2007 car.

The test proved that Kristensen felt comfortable behind the wheel again after his long period of recovery and was able to set consistently quick times right from the start.

The announcement means that Mattias Ekstrom, who has been drafted in as reserve for Kristensen, and can now concentrate on the DTM, in which he is currently second in the championship.

Tom Kristensen celebrates as he takes the checkered flag.
Photo by Clement Marin.

Kristensen has previously won at Le Mans 24 Hours in 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005 driving the Audi R8 and in 2003 driving the Bentley Speed 8.

The Audi driver will his competitive return to the cockpit in the first qualifying session for the Le Mans 24 Hours on Wednesday evening (local time).

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