Born in Hobro, Denmark, on 7 July 1967, Tom Kristensen is a specialist in endurance races, earning the nickname “Mr. Le Mans” for his remarkable achievements. With a career spanning 37 years, he holds the record for nine victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, including an extraordinary six consecutive wins. In 1997, he clinched his first Le Mans victory, setting the stage for a series of triumphs.
Driving the Audi R8 alongside teammates Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro, Tom secured three consecutive victories in 2000, 2001, and 2002. His prowess extended to the American Le Mans Series in 2002. In 2003, as the Volkswagen group turned its focus to Bentley, Tom steered the Bentley Speed 8 to victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He returned to the winner’s circle in 2008 with an intense race pace and, in 2013, secured his ninth Le Mans victory driving the Audi R18 e-tron.
Tom Kristensen equally holds the record at legendary 12 Hours of Sebring with a total of six wins. Tom has championship- and race wins in almost any racing series you can think of, spanning international karting championships, German F3, F300, Formula Nippon, DTM, BTCC, and many more.
After concluding his racing career in 2014, Tom has served as a brand ambassador for companies like Audi and Rolex, alongside several TV duties and official roles in the FIA. His legacy was further solidified with inductions into the Motorsports Hall of Fame in London in 2014 and the Danish Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. In 2023, he was honored as the Grand Marshal for the 100th anniversary race at Le Mans, marking a fitting tribute to the most successful endurance racer in history.