Kristensen dedicates win to team
|By Steven English||Sunday, June 15th 2008, 16:43 GMT|
Tom Kristensen is proud to have extended his record Le Mans victory tally to eight, but dedicated the victory to the Audi team whose car ran faultlessly for 24 hours.
The Audi R10 TDi started the race as the underdog, giving up several seconds a lap to the rival Peugeot 908 HDi, but Kristensen, Allan McNish, and Dindo Capello took advantage of wet conditions and total reliability to win the race in the No.2 car.
"I am extremely proud and happy about the eighth win," said Kristensen. "But today is not about the eighth, today is about this team here and the people who have serviced our car and made the right decisions.
"To have a car that you can start and drive for 24 hours is, I think, unique. Okay, if the race had been dry we probably wouldn't have won, you never know. But the best car always wins and this is what we can be proud to say."
Capello was also impressed by the car's reliability.
"I've never seen a Le Mans where a car runs without a problem," he said. "We only refuelled and changed tyres all through the race, and we knew that was the only chance we had to beat Peugeot because on performance we had no chance."
Kristensen says he knew he could win the race after his night stint in the wet, when Audi turned the tables on Peugeot and had a quicker race pace in the slippery conditions.
"For me, the key moment was in the night," he added. "I knew when I got in the car that if I kept the pace to the end then we would be able to win. I knew I just had to drive it home."