Porsche's Tandy more excited about full WEC tilt than Le Mans

Porsche LMP1 recruit Nick Tandy says the chance to fight for the World Endurance Championship title next year means more than chasing a second Le Mans 24 Hours victory

Porsche's Tandy more excited about full WEC tilt than Le Mans

The 32-year-old will contest the full WEC campaign with Porsche after being promoted to its full-time LMP1 line-up.

He will share Porsche's #1 919 Hybrid LMP1 with 2016 world champion Neel Jani and former Audi ace Andre Lotterer.

The Briton won Le Mans on only his second LMP1 outing in 2015, with Force India F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg and Earl Bamber, but returned in '16 in the GTE ranks after Porsche cut its third car.

"There are three aspects of my deal with Porsche that really excite me," said Tandy.

"The first is that I am really looking forward to getting a shot at a world championship, which is something I've never had before.

"The second is going back to Le Mans in the LMP1 division, because this year was tough to take.

"However, I've already ticked the career box that is winning Le Mans.

"Nobody can take that away from me, and most drivers would do anything to just win it once, so in that respect I feel very fortunate.

"That means that going for the world championship is the next step, and probably the thing that excites me more.

"I'm joining the two-time world champion team, and will have a car that is undoubtedly capable of fighting for the championship.

"And that's a seriously exciting combination."

Having raced primarily in the American IMSA sportscar series in 2016, Tandy added his third point of key motivator was racing in the UK again, with Silverstone hosting the WEC season opener on April 16.

"This year was the first season in my career that I didn't do a single race in the UK," he said.

"I love racing in the UK, and to get an outing in the top class of the world championship will be really great."

shares
comments
WEC 2017: Porsche's new 919 Hybrid LMP1 due to run this week

Previous article

WEC 2017: Porsche's new 919 Hybrid LMP1 due to run this week

Next article

Murphy Prototypes LMP2 team eyes full-time 2017 WEC programme

Murphy Prototypes LMP2 team eyes full-time 2017 WEC programme
Load comments
The standout memories of Le Mans 2021 Plus

The standout memories of Le Mans 2021

OPINION: With four of the five Hypercar entries unproven in a 24-hour race, it would not have been unexpected for at least one of them to suffer serious reliability trouble. That they all managed to make it through the race relatively unscathed, says GARY WATKINS, was something of a surprise.

Le Mans
Aug 24, 2021
Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked Plus

Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked

Toyota scored its fourth Le Mans 24 Hours victory and a 1-2, with the #7 car of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez beating the #8. But although it looked straightforward from the outside, Toyota faced serious problem that had to be solved with some quick-thinking and ingenuity

Le Mans
Aug 24, 2021
How overlooked Mazda produced one of Le Mans' greatest shocks Plus

How overlooked Mazda produced one of Le Mans' greatest shocks

The screaming rotary-engined Mazda 787 is regarded as one of the most popular Le Mans 24 Hours-winning cars, but until its surprise success on this day 30 years ago it was never regarded as a likely victor. But that reckoned without a new technical partner, some canny political manoeuvring and a rival's bizarre self-inflicted weakness

WEC
Aug 22, 2021
Can Toyota's #7 crew break its Le Mans curse? Plus

Can Toyota's #7 crew break its Le Mans curse?

One Toyota, normally with the number 7 on the side, always seems to attract the bad luck in the Le Mans 24 Hours. Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez are hoping for a change in fortune this time around, but face significantly more unknowns than in recent years

Le Mans
Aug 19, 2021
Why Glickenhaus should be taken seriously on its Le Mans bow Plus

Why Glickenhaus should be taken seriously on its Le Mans bow

Many were quick to dismiss Glickenhaus when the boutique American sportscar firm's entry into the top class of the Le Mans 24 Hours was announced. It's all-new LMH racer, powered by an engine built by a rally specialist, goes in as the underdog against Toyota but the mathematical odds suggest that it has more than just a faint hope of success

Le Mans
Aug 18, 2021
The Asian underdog taking on the mighty GT factories at Le Mans Plus

The Asian underdog taking on the mighty GT factories at Le Mans

The rising HubAuto team steps up to GTE Pro at Le Mans this year for an ambitious bid to take on the three works giants – and has every reason to be optimistic of achieving its goal in becoming the first privateer on the podium since 2016

Le Mans
Aug 18, 2021
How 1971's benchmark Le Mans team lost with the best car Plus

How 1971's benchmark Le Mans team lost with the best car

The JW Automotive Engineering team won twice at the Le Mans 24 Hours with ageing Fords and were considered heavy favourites to add more victories to its tally after partnering with Porsche. But despite being armed with the all-conquering 917, this formidable combination was never as successful in real life as on the big screen

Le Mans
Aug 14, 2021
Why Argentina’s current great isn’t motivated by emulating Fangio Plus

Why Argentina’s current great isn’t motivated by emulating Fangio

Having twice missed out on Formula 1 and reinvented himself as a touring car driver, Jose Maria Lopez has had a rocky ride to becoming a four-time world champion. One more would put him level with his nation's favourite son, but there's another prize he would value far more than the honour of matching Juan Manuel Fangio's tally

WEC
Aug 14, 2021