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The Danish press is reporting that Audi Sport factory driver and reigning FIA WEC world champion Tom Kristensen has set a press conference in Copenhagen on Wednesday to discuss his future. No further facts were provided in this press call other than the reported planned attendance of Audi Sport boss Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich.
Just what this could mean has sent the motorsport press and Danish press into a bit of a flurry as they attempt to make an assessment. Most theories out there wonder if this might be a signal of Kristensen’s retirement.
Tom Kristensen has earned his nickname “Mr. Le Mans” by winning the iconic 24 Hour enduro nine times, with eight of those wins at the wheel of an Audi. The title was bestowed upon him when he tied and then passed the previous record holder Jacky Ickx.
At the age of 47, the theory goes that Kristensen may finally retire from Audi’s active squad of drivers. Longtime teammates Dindo Capello and Allan McNish retired in 2012 and 2013 respectively, and ever since many have wondered if TK would hang up his driving suit.
Just when he would retire remains something Tom has held close to the vest. While many theories have come forth, Kristensen has continued to show he has the pace and nearly managed a tenth win this past year at Le Mans.
For now, Tom remains a fixture on the Audi Sport FIA WEC squad. His Audi R18 #1 is expected to take part in the final round of the WEC season in Sao Paulo no November 30. Thus far, Audi Sport has made no mention of the news conference or confirmed either Kristensen’s or Ullrich’s presence there.
So, will Tom Kristensen retire, or is it something else? We’re hoping no, but we’ll wait and see tomorrow when he makes his announcement.