Kristensen announces retirement
19 November 2014 – Nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen has announced his retirement from racing.
Kristensen, who won the FIA World Endurance Championship last season with Allan McNish and Loïc Duval, will contest his final race in Brazil next weekend, the 2014 WEC season finale.
"The day had to come at one time or another," said 47-year-old Kristensen. "I can only thank Audi and the entire staff for the great time I have had.
"I have had the privilege of driving for the best team and the world's coolest automobile manufacturer for 15 years.
"I have had great team-mates and worked together with fantastic people. With Audi, I have been able to win many titles and numerous races as well as experiencing some unforgettable, emotional moments.
"My string of victories in the Le Mans 24 Hours would not have been possible without Audi."
Kristensen, who won the Le Mans 24 Hours six times in succession from 2000-2005, as well as in 1997, 2008 and 2013, will be retained by Audi as an ambassador.
Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich added: "Naturally, the retirement of a remarkable personality like Tom is a great loss for Audi Sport Team Joest and the entire endurance racing scene.
"We can understand his decision to quit at the pinnacle of his career. He is the last member of the generation that Audi began with in prototype racing.
"Tom has been competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) as the reigning World Champion this year and shown that he is still one of the world's fastest and best sports car drivers.
"We will miss him as a driver but he is going to continue to support us with his wealth of experience and his personality.
"We are happy that Tom has been and will continue to be an 'Audian' with his heart and soul."