Tom Kristensen says he cannot be disappointed with second place on the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours, even if he admits would have dearly liked to complete a 'fairytale' win on a dramatic week for the #1 Audi squad.

Chasing a record-breaking tenth Le Mans win, Kristensen was very nearly ruled out the race before it had started after a huge accident suffered by Loic Duval in practice threatened to leave him without a car to drive.

However, with mechanics completing a 'Le Mans' effort to get on track, Kristensen, together with team-mates Lucas di Grassi and stand-in Marc Gene, enjoyed a steady run in the early stages of the race, ascending as others hit trouble to move into the lead for the first time after 17 hours of racing.

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Sadly for those seeking a 'fairytale' ending, issues with the turbo on the car would ultimately lose it enough time in the pit lane to slip to second place, completing Audi's 1-2 but from the 'wrong' side.

Despite missing out on his tenth win, Brazil's first Le Mans winner in di Grassi and a famous win for super-sub Gene, Kristensen has no complaints with finishing to his team-mates.

"We are not too unhappy to finish in second place but having tasted the lead, we'd have liked to stay there, but the deserved winners are next to us," he said.

"The mechanics already did a 'Le Mans' during the qualifying sessions, building a new car and not sleeping that night, so that have made a fantastic effort and that makes us proud. To see Marc coming in so late in the programme and doing extremely well, he can be proud of that as well.

"We send our regards to Loic Duval because it must be very hard to watch this from home. We would have loved to make our little fairytale, but we are proud of what we have achieved."

Reflecting on the race itself, Kristensen levelled praise at the high standard of competition this year, not just in LMP1.

"I think everyone can be extremely happy with an eventful race driven at a high level, a lot of great drivers in all categories have produced a very spectacular race that everyone can be proud of."