Tom Kristensen has been heralded a "legend" for his achievements in Le Mans 24 Hours by Pierre Fillon, President of Automobile Club l'Ouest, after the Danish driver announced his retirement from racing this week.

Kristensen will take part in his last professional race later this month in Sao Paulo for the final round of the World Endurance Championship.

The 47-year-old Dane has won the Le Mans 24 Hour race an unparalleled nine times, including a completely dominant spell of six consecutive victories between 2000-2005. Kristensen became a motorsport icon after his partnership with Audi yielded seven Le Mans victories, while he also picked up victories with Porsche (1997) and Bentley (2003).

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Fillon called Kristensen a giant of the sport and he said will be dearly missed from the grid. Fillon commended the Dane's skill and spirit while thanking him for everything he has achieved in the sport.

"Tom Kristensen will remain indelibly linked to the Le Mans 24 hours, a legendary race that has forged his legend," Fillon explained. "His nine victories will remain forever engraved on the trophy, and above all in our hearts.

"Tom is a marvellous driver and a gentleman, a man full of panache and passion as well as somebody who combines generosity and simplicity. He's a real, a great champion, and we will be sorry not to see him on the grid for the Le Mans 24 Hours and all our other endurance races. But he will always be the best possible ambassador for this event which, like him, we all adore."