Kristensen joins elite with fifth win
|Sunday, June 15th 2003, 15:58 GMT|
Tom Kristensen joined an elite group of drivers by taking his fifth victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours today. The Dane also became the first driver ever to take four consecutive wins in the endurance classic.
The driver's victory with Team Bentley equals the number set by sportscar legend Derek Bell, who has supported the British marque's campaign this year, and leaves him just one short of the record held by Jacky Ickx.
"I'm very honoured to be mentioned with those names," said Kristensen, "and I'm particularly happy that Derek Bell has supported the Bentley programme. It was great when he said after the race that he was happy for me to join him as a five-time winner here. What more can I say? It's a great honour."
Kristensen said that the victory was all the more special because it came driving for the British team. "I have to say that any victory here is great, but running for Team Bentley, with all its history, has just been fantastic," he said. "Any win around here is an achievement, and I'm just so happy to have been a part of Bentley's victory. "