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.

Tom Kristensen 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.

Tom Kristensen, 2009 “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.

[Images via LAT and XPB]

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