Eight-time La Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen will make a return to the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters in this weekend’s round at the Lausitzring.
The 44-year-old Dane replaces Mike Rockenfeller – winner of the second round of the season at Zandvoort – who was injured in a huge accident at last weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours, when his LMP1 Audi was sent into the Armco barriers at high speed after being run off the road by a slower backmarker.
Kristensen raced in the DTM with Audi between 2004-2009, winning four races and twice finishing third overall in the championship standings, in 2005 and 2006.
Kristensen will race Rockenfeller’s regular E-POSTBRIEF Audi A4, and is realistic about his chances after two years away from the championship.
“I am sorry for ‘Rocky’ that he is going to miss the race and I wish him a speedy recovery. As I haven’t raced in DTM for two years, my comeback is of course going to be difficult,” he said in a statement announcing his return.
“I look forward to see many old friends and I will try to represent ‘Rocky’ as good as possible,” he added.