jeudi 3 décembre 2015

This is why Nick Tandy is Sportscar driver of the year


Nick Tandy had a magical 2015 season. The Porsche factory driver won Le Mans 24 Hours overall and performed well in both FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA United SportsCar Championship with different cars and in different classes.

At Le Mans, Nick Tandy was simply impressive. Along with team-mates Earl Bamber and Nico Hülkenberg, he won the prestigious French classic with a Porsche 919 Hybrid, the "third" factory car.

An extraordinary achievement for a trio never been at Le Mans with a factory LMP1 machine and most importantly beating the full FIA WEC season regulars. They won at La Sarthe ahead of their team-mates from Porsche and the rivals from Audi and Toyota. Nick Tandy had a key role in the Porsche 919 Hybrid #19 victory with an impressive pace and without doing any mistake.


Nick Tandy was impressive in the North American based IMSA United SportsCar Championship as well driving for the facotry Porsche North America team. He won no less than four races in the very demanding GT Le Mans class against world class competitors representing BMW, Corvette and Ferrari. He scored many pole positions as well.

His most memorable performance in the IMSA series was at Road Atlanta, home of the prestigious Petit Le Mans. Sharing the #911 Porsche 911 RSR with fellow Porsche factory drivers Richard Lietz and Patrick Pilet, he won the event outright. Nick Tandy was very fast and overtook Daytona and Le Mans Prototypes one by one under extreme weather and track conditions.

A historical achievement from a GT car beating the much faster Prototypes. That victory helped Patrick Pilet in clinching the GTLM drivers' title and Porsche winning the manufacturers' one.


Following his Le Mans victory with Porsche, Nick Tandy returned to the FIA World Endurance Championship and competed in the LMP2 class. He raced with the Hong-Kong based KCMG team driving an ORECA 05 Nissan.

Nick Tandy was simply flying in the LMP2 field showing a very strong pace. He won the 6 Hours of the Nürburgring starting from pole position. He was on the podium in two other events, third in Shanghai and second in Bahrain finale. No title in the end for the British driver as he didn't compete in all the eight events, but he was clearly the strongest driver in the lower prototype division.

For all his big achievements and performances in 2015, there are no doubts, Nick Tandy is the best Sportscar driver of the year.


Photos: Porsche Media / FIA WEC