In the year where he could become the first driver to win a tenth Le Mans 24 Hours victory, Tom Kristensen says he continues to find motivation from helping his team-mates to glory in one of the world's most prestigious races.

A legend of his discipline, 46-year-old Kristensen won his first Le Mans 24 Hours race in 1997 and has proceeded to notch up a further seven triumphs with Audi, as well as an additional victory with Bentley in 2003.

With his most recent triumph coming in 2013 during a season that also yielded the Tourist Trophy win and the World Endurance Championship title, Kristensen heads into 2014 looking to become the first driver to reach double figures in terms of overall wins on the world's most gruelling endurance circuit event.

The Dane insists his motivation for glory is as much tied into his team-mates' success as it is his own, pointing out that he would like to play his part in Lucas di Grassi becoming the first Brazilian to win Le Mans and allow Loic Duval to celebrate properly after his first win in 2013 was overshadowed by the tragic death of Allan Simonsen.

"For me, I love the championship and I am motivated by the new technology because I am very curious about it" he said. "Personally, I think Loic Duval deserves a victory that he can celebrate because last year was special circumstances, so that is very motivating for me. We also have Lucas di Grassi coming in to fill some very big shoes and he has the potential to win his first. Brazil is a great motorsport nation, but no-one has won Le Mans, so that is my personal objective. If that succeeds I can go back to my family and [feel good] that it is my tenth victory.

Speaking ahead of the start of the 2014 World Endurance Championship, which kicks off with the 6 Hours of Silverstone this weekend, sportscar stalwart Kristensen says it is his objective to bring the younger generation through the ranks.

"The focus is on the young generation - I am working to make sure we can do it together, but the best start you can have is to do well in the entire championship. A dream season like last year, to win all the major races, that is something in and out of the car that would like to take that away from us - so that is motivating for me."



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