Tom Kristensen : Danish racing legend calls it quits

Tom Kristensen : Danish racing legend calls it quits

One of Denmark’s best ever motor-race drivers, Tom Kristensen, announced at a press conference in Copenhagen today that he intends to retire at the end of the month.

“I feel that I have crossed the finish line,” the Dane told a media conference. “I had been told that I would know when the time comes.

“I did not know it until now, but in recent months the feeling got even stronger, and it has become so strong that I can feel that the time is now,” said the 47-year-old.

Born in the Danish town of Hobro, Kristensen began racing in karts and went on to drive competitively in Formula 3, Formula 3000 and in Touring Cars.

However, it was at Le Mans that he wrote his name in the history books, beginning with his first victory in 1997.

He went on to notch a further eight wins at the classic race, including six in a row from 2000, with his last victory coming last year.

His final Le Mans race ended in disappointment when he and co-drivers Marc Gene and Lucas di Grassi came second this year.