WTCR Marrakech: Le Mans legend Kristensen samples Audi RS3 LMS

Nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen drove one of Audi's RS3 LMS cars in Marrakech on Friday ahead of the opening round of the World Touring Car Cup

WTCR Marrakech: Le Mans legend Kristensen samples Audi RS3 LMS

The 50-year-old completed six laps of the Moulay El Hassan circuit afternoon in the #52 car Gordon Shedden will make his WTCR debut in this weekend.

It was Kristensen's second taste of the machinery, after he drove an RS3 in the Race for Riget charity event as part of the Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix weekend last August.

"On these types of narrow circuits with a lot of direction changes, bumpy parts and that, it's incredibly agile, very responsive, and also very good on the brakes," said Kristensen, when asked by Autosport about his experience in the car.

"Power-wise, you as a driver always ask for more, but then again it comes to the discipline of making sure that the exits of these corners are incredibly important.

"The track was very dirty apparently - more dirty than I thought, because everyone said 'didn't you see behind you'? I said 'no, normally not'.

"By Friday it's probably not sticking grip, and that's what the feeling was - low-grip.

"In that sense I'm sure the drivers over the weekend will have a better experience [with track conditions] than I had, but I was the first one."

Kristensen - who is a motorsport ambassador for Eurosport, the Events branch of which promotes the WTCR - said he has not had contact with any teams about contesting a WTCR event in one of the wildcard slots that will be available at nine of the 10 rounds this season.

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