Le Mans racing legend Tom Kristensen’s announced that his participation this season in the DTM touring-car championship will be his last. The 8-time winner of Le Man’s decision to focus soley on sports-car racing can only spell trouble for the rest of the Le Mans competition.
Kristensen, who won the Sebring 12 Hours this year, is bidding for a ninth 24 Hours of Le Mans victory with Allan McNish and Rinaldo Capello next month.
Kristensen, who has competed in the DTM with the Audi A4 team since 2004, had a disappointing 2008 season prompting speculation that if he had not decided to leave on his own he would have been dropped. His best season was 2006, when he led Audi’s challenge for the title but ultimately finished third behind Mercedes drivers Bernd Schneider and Bruno Spengler. Kristensen has failed to win a race since a huge accident at the beginning of the 2007 season.
Kristensen is best known for his record eight wins in the 24 Hour Race of Le Mans and openly admits that Le Mans is where his priorities lie.