Tom Kristensen said his record-extending ninth win in the Le Mans 24 Hours was dedicated to fellow Dane Allan Simonsen, who died in an early accident.
Simonsen was leading the GTE Am class in his Aston Martin when he crashed heavily at Tertre Rouge on lap three and sustained fatal injuries. Kristensen ultimately won the race for Audi with Allan McNish and Loic Duval.
"If you want it to be personal, we lost somebody who shared the same dream, an absolutely humble and nice guy," said Kristensen. "It's a mixed feeling. My father died in March and he said I would win Le mans this year.
"I hope I can win another one and dedicate it to my dad because this year is for Allan Simonsen."
Duval echoed Kristensen's thoughts as he celebrated his first ever Le Mans win.
"It was great to win but we lost somebody this weekend and this needs to be put in perspective," he said.