Tom Kristensen says he is ready for the 'welcome challenge' of Toyota and returnees Porsche as he looks to affirm his status as the true legend of the Le Mans 24 Hours race by winning for a tenth time.

Seventeen years after his first win with Porsche, Kristensen has gone on to win the endurance classic a further eight times - including last year -, putting him on the cusp of becoming the first driver to reach a double figure of wins around the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Paired with Lucas di Grassi and Loic Duval, though preparations for the race haven't quite gone to plan for the No.1 Audi squad, the Dane is excited about the challenges ahead.

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"For the fans, for us drivers and for all the others, there's only one truth: the next race is the one that counts, not the previous ones. And the next race is always the hardest one. It's great to also be competing against a brand like Porsche this year - in keeping with our claim: 'welcome challenges.'

"We're going to give our best at Le Mans. The test day already showed that we can make maximum demands on our car. Now, if we want to have a chance, we need to prove that for 24 hours."

Having taken his first win last season, Duval is excited about the prospect of defending his Le Mans 24 Hours title alongside Kristensen and di Grassi.

"Between our victory a year ago and the test day I didn't drive on this track. I really like this circuit and am looking forward to driving the R18 e-tron quattro on it. Hopefully, I can again achieve a good result with Tom and Lucas because it's the most important race of the year. And it's fun to drive in front of such a large audience."