Le Mans winner Nick Tandy wins Autocar's 'motorsport hero' award

Le Mans 24 Hours winner and Porsche factory driver Nick Tandy has been named as the year's motorsport hero by Autosport's sister publication Autocar

Le Mans winner Nick Tandy wins Autocar's 'motorsport hero' award

The weekly motoring publication held its annual Autocar Awards at Silverstone on Tuesday evening, with Tandy's efforts with Porsche recognised.

The Briton won Le Mans in just his second LMP1 start alongside Force India Formula 1 driver Nico Hulkenberg and fellow Porsche ace Earl Bamber.

In his regular United SportsCar Championship programme, Tandy and team-mate Patrick Pilet claimed a shock outright victory against prototype machinery in their GT Porsche in a wet Petit Le Mans last October.

Autocar wrote: "Tandy learned his racecraft in the frenetic world of grassroots short oval racing and now has a Le Mans 24 Hours winner's trophy resting on his mantelpiece.

"Tandy's win at La Sarthe alongside Nico Hulkenberg and Earl Bamber in the Porsche 919 Hybrid was one of the feelgood stories of the 2015 racing season and the reason he has won our inaugural Motorsport Hero award.

"He is an example of what can be achieved with hard graft and an iron will.

"After chasing the single-seater dream as far as F3, he switched to sportscar racing and mightily impressed Porsche in the Carrera Cup, earning works outings that culminated in that prototype drive - and the fairytale result - at the most famous endurance race of them all."

With Porsche electing not to run a third LMP1 919 Hybrid at Le Mans this year, Tandy will not get a chance to defend his outright victory, but he will race in GTE-Pro alongside Pilet and Kevin Estre.

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