René Rast with Tom Kristensen. Image credit: Audi Sport
Although he officially hung up his helmet at the end of the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo, the final round of the 2014 World Endurance Championship, Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen, “Mr. Le Mans” was on hand for the traditional Audi Sport Winter Camp in the Allgäu in early February, but in a new role.
Kristensen who’s holds a record nine Le Mans victories still achieves top physical performances and remains within the Audi family as a consultant to Audi Sport, working with and coaching the current drivers to ensure and improve their fitness and training regime.
While this year’s Audi drivers from the DTM and the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) have periodic checkups using sports medicine diagnostics at TU Munich, Tom Kristensen contributes his experience from the driver’s perspective to the training camp working to build a program the produces a balance between endurance and strength.
“I’m happy that my knowledge and my experience are sought-after,” said the 2013 FIA World Endurance Champion. “An example from my work: Every driver can train in a very individual manner.
“I pay attention to possible weaknesses and subsequently suggest to my colleagues how to train in a way that is well-balanced for the whole body.”
In Ofterschwang, Kristensen integrated many new activities into the program of the team building week. “We’ve structured individual workouts in a way that gives them a more competitive character.” continued Kristensen.
“That provides a race driver with an even greater incentive and was favorably received by all the drivers”