Tom Kristensen, “Mr. Le Mans,” to retire at year’s end

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Tom Kristensen will retire from international sports car racing, and thus from his current factory role within the Audi Sport LMP1 team in the FIA World Endurance Championship, at year’s end.

He’s announced his retirement in his native Copenhagen this morning.

The Dane is the most successful driver in Le Mans history, with a record nine wins in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

He’ll sign off at the Six Hours of Sao Paulo, the WEC season finale, next week.

“It is the right time to stop,” Kristensen said.

Added head of Audi, Wolfgang Ullrich, “I know it is not easy to take a decision like this. But he decided to do it and he wanted to do it. We will continue to work together. He will stay with us, as one of the Audi guys.

“Tom from myself and all of us at Audi, thanks for what you have done for us.”