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    Tandy anticipated longer Corvette stint earlier than GTE Professional axe

    Tandy is returning to Porsche’s manufacturing facility steady subsequent 12 months as a part of its twin assault on the World Endurance Championship and the IMSA SportsCar Championship with the 963 LMDh.

    It marks the tip of his spell at Corvette after simply two seasons, the Briton having initially joined its C8.R programme final 12 months following Porsche’s exit from IMSA’s GTLM division.

    However Tandy had initially needed to spend extra time at Corvette and it was solely the demise of GTE Professional and GTLM classes in fast succession that pressured him to search for new alternatives elsewhere.

    “I signed to race with [Corvette] within the hope that it will likely be a protracted relationship of world-class racing towards the most effective race groups in the most effective vehicles in the most effective collection, and this was at all times the purpose,” Tandy instructed Autosport.

    “In fact, issues inside the sport modified and fairly early on in our relationship collectively we knew that maybe what we deliberate to do for the subsequent few years probably wasn’t wanting prefer it might occur.

    “I look again at these two years with nice fondness really, as a result of I used to be at all times just a little bit uncertain of how I’d be accepted right into a rival operation. However from day one, I feel the group realised all of us have the identical objectives. 

    “And despite the fact that they did not like me in a white [Porsche] swimsuit, I feel they revered that after I wore a yellow swimsuit that I used to be nonetheless going to place that a lot effort into beat all people else.

    “I’ve made so many mates that I am going to preserve for years, years to come back. You by no means know, we would work collectively once more sooner or later. 

    “I’ve acquired a terrific relationship with all of the folks at GM and Corvette Racing and Pratt and Miller. It simply occurred that issues did not work out the way in which we maybe deliberate.”

    Tandy planned to stay longer with Corvette before the GTE landscape changed

    Tandy deliberate to remain longer with Corvette earlier than the GTE panorama modified

    Photograph by: JEP / Motorsport Pictures

    Tandy spent his first season with Corvette in IMSA in 2021, scoring 4 class wins throughout the 12 months within the #4 C8.R he shared with Tommy Milner.

    He subsequently switched to WEC for what turned out to be the final 12 months of GTE Professional, with Milner once more becoming a member of him as his team-mate. The pair clinched Corvette’s first victory within the championship exterior of the Le Mans 24 Hours at Monza.

    The #64 Corvette was additionally main its class at Le Mans, just for a collision with an LMP2 automobile to finish the crew’s race with solely six hours to run.

    Following the announcement that Tandy gained’t stay with Corvette in 2023, when it switches to WEC’s GTE Am division whereas persevering with in IMSA’s GTD Professional class, the 38-year-old stated he didn’t think about returning to Porsche regardless of having achieved a number of profession milestones racing for the revered German marque.

    Tandy beforehand spent eight seasons racing for Porsche, successful all massive 4 IMSA enduros in his class together with the Daytona 24 Hours, whereas additionally serving to the model to its first outright victory at Le Mans in practically 20 years in 2015.

    “After I got here to Corvette I did not anticipate to return to Porsche, truthfully,” he admitted.

    “However issues simply aligned on the proper time when the programme was dedicated to and once they requested if I will be , it was a stage after I knew that probably I could possibly be out there to race.

    “I do know Porsche Motorsport, once they go racing they do issues 100%.

    Tandy returns to Porsche for its LMDh programme having previously raced its 919 Hybrid LMP1, and won Le Mans outright with it in 2015

    Tandy returns to Porsche for its LMDh programme having beforehand raced its 919 Hybrid LMP1, and gained Le Mans outright with it in 2015

    Photograph by: JEP / Motorsport Pictures

    “They’re going again to the highest class of sportscar racing and that is one thing that I’ve seen with Porsche earlier than and I understand how a lot effort the folks and Porsche normally put into the racing operation, so I do know that all the pieces might be nearly as good as it may be. 

    “And Penske is at all times a reputation that’s synonymous with success with no matter they do.

    “I got here to Porsche simply because the RS Spyder LMP2 programme with Penske had completed and there have been folks round within the manufacturing facility that have been raving about this group and its operations. This collaboration with Porsche and Penske was so good.”

    Porsche is but to announce how the ten drivers it has signed for its LMDh programme, together with Tandy, might be break up between WEC and IMSA in 2023.

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