Benoit Treluyer says Tom Kristensen "will always be a role model" to him after the nine-time Le Mans winner's final race for Audi.

The Sao Paulo 6 Hours marked Kristensen's last race, with the #1 Audi duly coming home third at Interlagos, while Treluyer, Marcel F?ssler and Andr? Lotterer ended the season as runners-up in the drivers' standings in the #2 car to champions Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi. However, the focus at Audi was on Kristensen's final race and Treluyer feels the team made the most of an emotional weekend.

"This was always going to be a pretty emotional weekend, but we all stayed in good spirits," Treluyer said, "We made sure to pull all the pranks and jokes we could think of so that Tom will remember us the right way! We also spent a lot of time with him, the mechanics and Allan [McNish]. His retirement definitely brings an important chapter to a close.

"The transition of that crew has been smooth, beginning with Dindo Capello signing off in 2012, then Allan last year, and finally 'Mr. Le Mans' himself at the weekend. I am really happy to see him leave on a high, clinching yet another podium. Tom taught us so many things and will always be a role model."

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However, Treluyer was keen to further praise Kristensen for the role he insists on playing within the team even after his final race.

"He is not leaving the team though, so we can still benefit from his wealth of experience next year. This will be especially true when it comes to fitness because he's definitely the benchmark in that field. I think I'll remember Tom's final briefing for a long time. He insisted on attending in order to find new solutions, improve the car, and work hard ahead of 2015.

"He delivered as if this was just another race and did his job with typically high standards. What a professional! Allan wanted to be here as well, which just shows how important the bonds are within the Audi family. We draw our strength from these strong connections."