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Kristensen hopes for DTM title shot

dtm-kristensen-010909.jpg Tom Kristensen is eager to add the DTM title to his list of sportscar achievements and hopes to retain his place in Audi’s touring car line-up this year.

The eight-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner is scheduled to race the new R15 TDi in the Sebring 12 Hours and Le Mans again next year, but wants to keep his full-time DTM drive as well.

“I certainly hope I will be in the DTM again,” Kristensen said at the Autosport International Show today. “I haven’t won the championship yet and that is still a dream.

“I like to be versatile, that’s what hopefully keeps me younger than my age. Certainly I want to achieve more there. My season last year showed a lot of speed and promise but every time I was on pole position I didn’t have points when I came back and that drops you down the list a little bit.

“I have told Dr (Wolfgang) Ullrich (Audi’s motorsport boss) I would like to continue in that sense so I expect that he can tell you something more in due time.”

The 41-year-old Dane finished third in the DTM standings in 2005 and 2006, but missed several rounds following a huge shunt at the season opener in 2007. Last year he scored two pole positions and three podiums on his way to eighth.

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