Coming back from the brink

Coming back from the brink

Two years on from the horrific accident that nearly ended his career, Tom Kristensen tells Glenn Freeman that he's more determined than ever to add the DTM title to his eight Le Mans 24 Hours victories

For the past few weeks, rumours have gathered pace suggesting Audi star Tom Kristensen was finished with the DTM. Sure, it seemed feasible that, at 41, the Dane might have had enough of fighting a field made up mainly of drivers in their 20s. But, as he kept quiet on his future, something didn't seem right about him giving up on the German-based V8 tin-top series ahead of the 2009 season.

Nearly two years have now passed since his horrifying crash at the Hockenheim season opener in 2007 and, since then, Kristensen has been through his fair share of struggles. He hasn't had an easy time of things, but that made it even more unlikely that the eight-time winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours was going to give up on adding another accolade to his impressive CV. Nobody would go through everything he has since that crash to just accept that his goal of winning the DTM title had become a bridge too far.

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