Le Mans legend Kristensen on the iconic race
Faced with a choice between the DTM and Le Mans, Tom Kristensen instinctively knew which one he'd choose. Simon Strang talks to the eight-time Le Mans winner about his love of the legendary race
"I get goose pimples every time the cars go out on track for the first time," says Tom Kristensen as he describes his enduring love affair with the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Thirteen years after his first participation and debut victory in 1997, the 42-year-old continues to be moved by the firing of the engines, whatever their faith, and the carnival of prototypes, Porsches, Ferraris and Corvettes as they rumble up towards the Dunlop Chicane at four o'clock on Wednesday afternoon – signalling the beginning of another Le Mans weekend.
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