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Tom Kristensen retires from motorsport at 47

The Danish Tom Kristensen, 47 years old and nine times winner of the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, said goodbye to the competition this Sunday with a third place, at the wheel of an Audi R18 e-tron quattro, in the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo (Brazil), last race of the World Endurance.
Kristensen had a valid contract with Audi until the end of next season, but decided to advance his retirement to become an ambassador for the German brand. He will continue to attend the races and advise the team’s drivers.
The Danish driver is considered one of the best drivers in history. And there are those who speak of him as the best driver in history who never made it to Formula One.
He forged his legend in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the legendary motorsport endurance race that went on to win nine times (1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2013). More than anyone. The one that comes closest to him is, with six, the Belgian Jacky Ickx (1969, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1981 and 1982).
He achieved his first Le Mans victory on his debut in 1997 in a private team Joest Porsche. After spending two seasons at BMW, Kristensen came to Audi for three consecutive wins, between 2000 and 2002.
He also won the next three editions, in 2003 with Bentley and, again with Audi, in 2004 and 2005. He won again in 2008 and 2013, also with the brand with the four rings.
Tom Kristensen, who was born on July 7, 1967 in Hobro, was close to victory in the 1999 and 2007 editions of the Le Mans race. Two accidents with his team comfortably installed in the leadership, prevented his spoils of victories from being of eleven

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