Tom Kristensen Announces DTM Quit at the End of 2009
“The DTM has been a fantastic period in my career during which I experienced a lot of different things and worked together with great people. It’s been a long process making this decision and now it’s final. From now on, I’ll be revving up my engine freely and fight for the title once more. My personal final DTM spurt starts this weekend at Hockenheim,” announced Kristensen, according to a press release from Audi.
The Dane's record in the DTM stretches to 3 race wins, 7 pole positions and 16 podium, all with the Audi marque. Nonetheless, although officially quitting the DTM at the end of 2009, he'll continue to be part of the German manufacturer's motorsport programme, as he'll dedicate all his time to securing a record 9th overall win in the famous Le Mans 24 Hours Race, in addition to his other plans in sports car competitions.
“Sharing the cockpit with other drivers, working together to come up with the optimum setup, and fighting for victory on a unique track – that’s simply the greatest thing for me. That Audi gives me the opportunity to compete in two such different motorsport categories at the highest level is a big privilege which I greatly appreciate,” added the 41-year old racer.
“I’ve had many discussions with Tom about his future and of course respect his decision to fully concentrate on sports cars. When he leaves, the DTM will not only lose a fast racer who is always a candidate for victory, but also a great sportsman who is highly respected by both rivals and fans because of his fair conduct and friendly nature. Now, we’re jointly looking forward to ten exciting DTM weekends,” confirmed Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Motorsport.