Tom Kristensen: "I’m happy that my knowledge and my experience are sought-after,”
Ingolstadt – Although he hung up his helmet, Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen participated in the traditional Audi Sport Winter Camp in the Allgäu in early February – in a new role.
The Dane, who ended his active career in winter following nine Le Mans victories and still achieves top physical performances, has been a consultant to Audi Sport in the important field of fitness since this year.
While the Audi drivers from the DTM and the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) have periodic checkups using sports medicine diagnostics at TU Munich, Tom Kristensen contributes his experience from the driver’s perspective to the training camp. “I’m happy that my knowledge and my experience are sought-after,” says the 2013 FIA World Endurance Champion.
An example from my work: "Every driver can train in a very individual manner. I pay attention to possible weaknesses and subsequently suggest to my colleagues how to train in a way that is well-balanced for the whole body. Another topic is how to strike a balance between endurance and strength.”
In Ofterschwang, Kristensen integrated many new activities into the program of the team building week. “We’ve structured individual workouts in a way that gives them a more competitive character. That provides a race driver with an even greater incentive and was favorably received by all the drivers,” says the Dane. Audi Sport’s team physician Dr. Vincenzo Tota used the week to get to know all the race drivers.