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Last Updated: Sunday, 19 June, 2005, 14:21 GMT 15:21 UK
Kristensen claims Le Mans record
Denmark's Tom Kristensen
Kristensen is now the leading driving in Le Mans history
Tom Kristensen claimed a place in motorsport history when he won his seventh Le Mans 24 Hours race, breaking Jackie Ickx's record.

It was a seventh win in nine attempts for the Dane, who shared his Audi with team-mates JJ Lehto and Marco Werner.

Second place went to the French trio of Eric Comas, Emmanuel Collard and Jean-Christophe Boullion, two laps behind the leaders in a Pescarolo.

Third placed Allan McNish, Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro were four laps back.

World rally championship leader Sebastien Loeb was enjoying an impressive Le Mans debut until co-driver Soheil Ayari put the car into the tyre wall and they were forced to pull out with four hours of the race remaining.

Afterwards, record-holder Kristensen was understandably delighted at his team's achievement.

"Brilliant. It was a great race," he said.

"I am so happy to be the record holder, to have been part of a fantastic victory."

Kristensen was at the wheel when his Audi took the lead in the race in the fourth hour of the race, and they saw off a strong challenge from the French trio in the Pescarolo to hold on for victory.

"They deserved to be near the front," Kristensen said.

"But the toughest deserve to win at the end. I could not be more satisfied."

The much-anticipated battle in the GT1 category for modified road cars was won by Corvette after a turbulent weekend for rivals Aston Martin.

Briton Oliver Gavin, Dane Jan Magnussen and Monegasque Olivier Beretta won the category for the second consecutive year in the C6R car after Aston Martin suffered a host of problems.

The British Lola MG team won the LMP2 class for smaller sports prototypes than the Audis and Pescarolos, with Brazilian Thomas Erdos and Britons Warren Hughes and Mike Newton behind the wheel.


Le Mans 24 Hours final result:

1 JJ Lehto (Fin)/ M Werner (Ger)/ T Kristensen (Den) 370 laps
2 E Collard (Fr)/ J-C Boullion (Fr)/ E Comas (Fr) 368 laps
3 E Pirro (It)/ F Biela (Ger)/ A McNish (GB) 364 laps
4 J-M Gounon (Fr)/ S Ortelli (Fr)/ F Montagny (Fr) 362 laps
5 O Gavin (GB)/ O Beretta (Mon)/ J Magnussen (Den) 349 laps
6 R Fellows (Can)/ J O'Connell (US)/ M Papis (It) 347 laps
7 J Lammers (Ned)/ J Bosch (Ned)/ E Julian (US) 346 laps
8 A Frei (Swi)/ D Schwager (Ger)/ C Vann (GB) 339 laps
9 D Brabham (Aus)/ D Turner (GB)/ S Sarrazin (Fr) 333 laps
10 M Lieb (Ger)/ M Rockenfeller (Ger)/ L Hindery (US) 332 laps



SEE ALSO
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Kristensen proud of record
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