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Le Mans winner Kristensen signs up for Race of Champions

  • Published on 24 Sep 2013 15:45
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  • By: Rob Veenstra
Nine-time Le Mans 24-Hour race winner Tom Kristensen has signed up for the 2013 Race Of Champions, to be held at Bangkok's Rajamangala Stadium on the weekend of December 14-15. The end-of-season contest, held every year since 1988, brings together the world's greatest drivers from motor sport's main disciplines – including Formula 1, world rally, Le Mans, MotoGP, Nascar, IndyCar, touring cars and the X-Games – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery.

Denmark's Kristensen is acknowledged as the finest endurance racer in motor sport history. His victory for Audi at this year's Le Mans 24-Hour race in partnership with Allan McNish and Loic Duval took his record haul of wins to nine – in addition to his record six wins at the Sebring 12-Hour race and an American Le Mans Series title. The trio's win at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas last weekend means they have also extended their lead in the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship.

Kristensen's Race Of Champions roll of honour is impressive too, having appeared at every event since 2001 – yet another record. He has achieved considerable success during that time, notably reaching the individual Grand Final in each of the last two years only to fall to French opposition: first world rally ace Sébastien Ogier then F1 star Romain Grosjean. To have come so close will doubtless spur the Dane on to even greater feats as he bids for his first Champion of Champions title in 2013.

Kristensen said: "The Race Of Champions is a great way to end the season: always fun with great camaraderie among all the drivers from different types of motor sport. That is why I come back every year. Still, I do give everything to win and I'm getting closer every year! The challenge is to jump into different cars and Romain deserved to win in 2012. But even though I'm a bit older, to reach the final and race the youngsters is still a lot of fun. Last year was the warmest ROC I have competed in so we know what to expect in Bangkok. I'm still young so maybe one day I'll get the chance to win it… preferably in December."

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