How Kristensen became Mr Le Mans

How Kristensen became Mr Le Mans

Le Mans without Tom Kristensen will be a bizarre experience for GARY WATKINS. Our sportscar guru pays tribute to a legend who might not have got his first call-up but for our man's help...

The Le Mans 24 Hours is going to feel a bit odd next season. For the first time in nearly 20 years the name Tom Kristensen is not going to grace the entry list. I haven't got my head around it yet, but thankfully he's given us a shade over six months to get used to the idea.

I guess I grew accustomed to the concept that I'd be reporting on a race in which Tom had a realistic chance of winning. Everyone talks about his nine victories in the 24 Hours, but perhaps the more telling statistic is his strike rate over 18 participations - a cool 50 per cent. And he could, and undoubtedly should, have won more.

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