Audi’s 13 Le Mans winning cars

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Deniz Taşkın: deniz@dzgn.co The Le Mans 24 Hours. The most important motorsport event in the world. In 17 appearances since 1999, the brand from Ingolstadt has won 13 times. All of the winning cars were united for a very special photo shoot in Neuburg.

Audi and the French endurance classic are associated with one exceptional name: Tom Kristensen. The nine-times Le Mans winner lets his thoughts wander: “When I look at the cars, then all of the emotion comes back. I can practically sense everything again, feelings, smell. I think of the race tracks, colleagues and victories.”

The new millennium was the beginning
The success story of Audi and Kristensen began in 2000. “The Audi R8 was just born,” recalls Kristensen. “We won the 12 Hours of Sebring on our first attempt and then by mid-year we won for the first time at the Le Mans 24 Hours. That was incredible.”

Audi’s 13 Le Mans winning cars
Audi driver Tom Kristensen.

Audi and Kristensen
R10 TDI, R15 TDI, R18 e-tron quattro – the models with which Audi competes at Le Mans may have changed over the years, but they all were successful. Also thanks to Kristensen, who accumulated nine overall victories by the end of his career, seven of them with Audi, and deservedly holds the record of most wins: “Le Mans is the greatest feeling. I would love to jump back in a car for a few more laps.”

Who is Tom Kristensen?

Tom Kristensen is the most successful race driver in sports car history. The Dane is the only person to win the legendary 24 Heures du Mans nine times, six of which were consecutive. The former Audi- Bentley- and Porsche pilot is also the only six-time winner of the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring. Tom Kristensen can also call himself a former FIA World Endurance Champion.

With more than 37 years in motorsport, Tom Kristensen is a true racing legend. He has won races in every series he has ever contested. Mister Le Mans, as he has been nicknamed, has been knighted in his home country of Denmark, inducted into Motorsport’s Hall of Fame and named Sports personality of the Decade – just to name some of the accolade he has received throughout his career

Tom Kristensen has retired from professional racing but remains an active ambassador for Audi. Tom is also a public speaker sharing his experience of the importance of teamwork. He is also heavily engaged in the fight against cancer.