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Le Mans 24 Hours: Kristensen dedicates win to Simonsen

Tom Kristensen wins Le MansTom Kristensen said his record-extending ninth win in the Le Mans 24 Hours was dedicated to fellow Dane Allan Simonsen, who died in an early accident.

Simonsen was leading the GTE Am class in his Aston Martin when he crashed heavily at Tertre Rouge on lap three and sustained fatal injuries.

Kristensen ultimately won the race for Audi with Allan McNish and Loic Duval.

"If you want it to be personal, we lost somebody who shared the same dream, an absolutely humble and nice guy," said Kristensen.

"It's a mixed feeling. My father died in March and he said I would win Le mans this year.

"I hope I can win another one and dedicate it to my dad because this year is for Allan Simonsen."

Duval echoed Kristensen's thoughts as he celebrated his first ever Le Mans win.

"It was great to win but we lost somebody this weekend and this needs to be put in perspective," he said.

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H24: Kristensen/McNish/Duval win
H23: Audi still ahead amid rain chaos
H22: Audi now first and third
H21: Audi three hours from victory
H20: Duval still leads for Audi
H19: McNish leads, Makowiecki crashes
H18: Audi leads behind safety car
H17: Kristensen on course for win
H16: Audi a lap ahead again
H15: Duval increases Audi lead
H14: Lead battle remains tense
H13: Toyota closes in under cautions
H12: McNish, Audi in charge at halfway
H11: McNish resumes, Audi in control
H10: Kristensen takes command
H9: Toyota on verge of being lapped
H8: Kristensen leads under caution
H7: Leading Audi hits trouble
H6: Audi domination continues
H5: Audi battle tightens up
H4: Audi maintains top three lockout
H3: Lotterer maintains Audi's lead
H2: Audi opens up decisive advantage
H1: Audi leads Toyota under safety car