Nick Tandy

Works drivers

Nick Tandy stood stock-still in the pit lane on June 14, 2015. Tears ran down his face, and media crews had a hard time getting full sentences out of him. Moments previously, along with Nico Hülkenberg, who drove the 919 over the finish line, and Earl Bamber, he had become winner of Le Mans. “It took a while before I could take it in,” he admits. “This win changed my life. Within Porsche in that they brought me back from the GT programme when a regular place in the LMP1 team became free for 2017. And outside of the world of Porsche too. In England this race is revered as one of the greatest in the world. You’re not just seen as a racing driver any more, but as a Le Mans winner.”

Making the transition from the 911 RSR to the 919 Hybrid has not proved too difficult for him, as the events of 2015 emphatically demonstrated. “The biggest difference is the aerodynamic downforce at high speeds. And of course operating the hybrid is more complicated. But when it comes down to it,” says the consistently modest pro, “the 919 is also a racing car with two pedals, a steering wheel and four wheels.” He used the test drives at the start of 2017 to get to grips with the enhanced hybrid racing car in detail.

Nick Tandy grew up on a farm in Pavenham, a small village in the county of Bedfordshire, and the rural surroundings and community spirit helped shape him. Now a young father, he still lives nearby. When his schedule allows, he helps his parents on the farm and with the harvest, or attends to the fortunes of the racing team JTR, which was founded by his brother Joe, who died in a car accident in 2009. These days JTR competes in the Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain.

Nick’s career began in 1996 with short oval stock cars and led the amateur golfer and mountain biker into Formula 3 by way of the Formula Ford. In a guest stint in the Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain in 2008, he managed to secure his first win in his first race. In 2011, he took the title in the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany. In 2012, he won the prestigious Porsche Cup as the most successful driver worldwide in a 911.

In 2013, he secured third place in the Sebring Classic 12 Hour, this time as a works driver in the 911 RSR. After this he won the GT class in the European Le Mans Series race in Budapest, and celebrated another big success with a GT victory in the Petit Le Mans on the challenging traditional track Road Atlanta. The next highlight in the 911 RSR was a class victory in the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2014. When Porsche gave some of their GT drivers the opportunity to test the 919, he gave a convincing performance and won himself a place in what was then the third car in the line-up for Le Mans. Spurred on by a magnificent victory on the Sarthe, in 2015 he managed yet another spectacular achievement: In the most adverse weather conditions, competing in the 911 RSR against stronger prototypes, he took the first overall victory for Porsche in the Petit Le Mans. As concerns expectations for the 2017 season, he simply points to the facts: “We’re now three Le Mans winners in a world champion team.”

Personal info

Date of Birth: 5th November 1984
Place of Birth: Bedford (GB)
Nationality: British
Residence: Bedford (GB)
Marital status: married to Brittany, two children
Height/Weight: 1.78 m/71 kg
Hobbies: badminton, darts, golf, iRacing
Twitter: @NickTandyR
Le Mans starts: 4 (1 overall victory)

Nick Tandy competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), including the Le Mans 24 Hours race, in a Porsche 919 Hybrid for Porsche.

Career

2017 Porsche works driver WEC, LMP1
2016

Porsche works driver, GT
2nd Sepang 12 Hours (Intercontinental GT Challenge);
MSA SportsCar Championship: class win GTLM Long Beach, 2nd place class GTLM Austin 

2015 Porsche works driver
overall victory Le Mans 24 Hours,
overall victory Petit Le Mans Road Atlanta,
3 class wins TUSC GTLM (Bowmanville, Road America, Virginia)
2014

Porsche works driver
1st Daytona 24 Hours (GTLM)
2nd WEC Silverstone (GTE-Pro)

2013 Porsche works driver
1st Petit Le Mans (ALMS, GT)
3rd Sebring 12 Hours (ALMS, GT)
3rd European Le Mans Series (GT)
1st Silverstone, Budapest (ELMS, GT)
2012

Winner Porsche Cup
2nd International GT Open, 5 wins
3rd team classification ADAC GT Masters, 4 wins

2011

Winner Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, 3 wins
5th Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, 1 win, 6 podiums
Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain, 3 wins

2010 2nd Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, 3 wins
2nd Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, 5 wins
2009 10th British Formula 3 Championship, 1 win, 3 podiums
2008 9th British Formula 3 Championship, 3 podiums
Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain, 1 win
2007 3rd British Formula Ford Championship, 6 wins, 16 podiums
Winner Formula Ford Festivals
Winner Formula Palmer Audi Autumn trophy
Finalist McLaren Autosport BRDC Award
2006 2nd British Formula Ford Championship, 3 wins, 11 podiums
2005 Winner BRDC Single Seater Series, 11 wins
Winner Silverstone Scholarship
1996-2004 Short Oval Stock Cars (British Champion 1999 and 2000) and Mini Se7en Championship (Champion 2003)