Tom Kristensen received the all clear to race from doctors at the start of Le Mans week after suffering heavy whiplash in a DTM crash at the start of the season. On Friday the Audi driver spoke to the media about his recovery and his feelings about getting back behind the wheel of the Audi.
"I never doubted to be back in the car but obviously I doubted what time it would be. There were a few times where I could see it would be difficult but the most important thing was to be kept away, and then at the very end I took the decision and started having day by day to think about whether it would be possible or not because it was a very important one, so when I got the call from Dr Ullrich to test the DTM car at Brands Hatch that was the time that I knew I was ready to come here.
"I was a bit a tense but also knew that if I didn't go along then there would be no spare and my friends would have to drive alone, so it was a little tense getting into the car, but immediately at Mulsanne there was no doubt that I was back to normal and lapping naturally. That was the most important thing.
"The ACO have definitely changed the circuit for the better. I knew all about what was going on so in that sense I prefer to be here. I would have liked to have done more dry laps but the weather turned out to be like this. I feel I'm ready and although qualifying was compromised a little bit now it doesn't matter as I know the circuit and the race starts tomorrow. I am here."
Kristensen, Rinaldo Capello and Alan McNish qualified the #2 Audi Sport North America in second place for the Le Mans 24 Hour race.