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DTM: A brief interview with Audi’s Tom Kristensen

DTM Tom Kristensen

The race at Lausitz was full of action with many changes in positions. How did you experience your return to the DTM?

I had a very good start and was running on the outside line. At that time I could have already been behind a Mercedes and Martin Tomczyk. But I was careful because I saw ‘Eki’ in my mirrors. The strategy was perfect; only the last pit stop was a bit long. That’s why I dropped behind Jamie Green. That could have still become interesting because a few cars were passing me. Nevertheless, I ultimately finished in the position that I started into the race on.

So it wasn’t a mistake to agree to run at a single race without any possibility of testing?

No, not at all. The race was good fun and I brought ‘Rocky’s’ car back in one piece. When he returns, he and his mechanics will probably be happy about that. Maybe people will look back on this weekend and hopefully say that there was a certain justification in letting the old Dane drive again. I would certainly be happy if that were the case.

You immediately scored two points. Today, did you regret having quit the DTM at the end of 2009?

No, to be honest, I didn’t. The DTM is a fantastic series but my heart belongs to the sports cars. I have a large family and am not the youngest any more. Combining the PR work for Audi with the sports car races is perfect. I very much enjoy watching the DTM from my couch. And today I congratulated Filipe (Albuquerque) on scoring his first point. I will always remember that I was still running in front of him when he finished in the points for the first time…

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