Tandy’s JTR team to Car­rera Cup

Nick Tandy’s team moves to sportscars with Porsche

Motor Sport News - - Headline News - By Kevin Turner Pho­tos: Jakob Ebrey, Gary Hawkins

Le Mans 24 Hours win­ner Nick Tandy’s JTR squad will move into Porsche Car­rera Cup GB in 2017.

Mul­ti­ple Bri­tish For­mula Ford ti­tle win­ner JTR cur­rently runs Pa­trik Matthiesen in the F4 Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship. It now plans to con­test the Car­rera Cup with three cars.

“We’ve been think­ing about it for a few years and after meet­ings with Porsche about the fu­ture of the cham­pi­onship we de­cided now was as good a time as any,” said Tandy, who pointed to re­cent slots sup­port­ing the World En­durance Cham­pi­onship (Le Mans in 2014, Spa in 2015 and Sil­ver­stone this sea­son) and the ar­rival of the new Car­rera Cup car in the UK in 2018.

“The cal­en­dar looks good, sup­port­ing the FIA WEC as well as Bri­tish Tour­ing Cars. Those sorts of events are good for the se­ries.

“It’ll be nice to be fully in­volved in the cham­pi­onship be­fore the new car.”

Tandy, who won Le Mans in 2015 shar­ing a Porsche 919 Hy­brid with Force In­dia F1 racer Nico Hulken­berg and fel­low fac­tory GT driver Earl Bam­ber, started his sportscar ca­reer at Car­rera Cup level. He was a race win­ner in GB and took the 2011 Ger­man crown with Kon­rad Motorsport.

After win­ning races in the F1-sup­port­ing Su­per­cup, Tandy be­came a fac­tory Porsche GT driver. He be­lieves his ex­pe­ri­ence should help JTR run com­pet­i­tively in 2017.

“I was in­volved in the orig­i­nal devel­op­ment of the Car­rera Cup car, and the new one [set to ap­pear in the Su­per­cup next sea­son],” said the 31-year-old. “I know how to set them up, I know how to drive them, and I will coach our driv­ers.

“Ide­ally I’d like to run one car in each of the classes – Pro, Pro-am1 and Pro- Am2. We’ll take on help from some top engi­neers from the Su­per­cup and Ger­man Car­rera Cup, and peo­ple from Porsche in Ger­many and North Amer­ica. The idea is to come in and win straight away.”

Al­though no driv­ers have yet been con­firmed, Tandy has been talk­ing to can­di­dates for some time. “Peo­ple have come to us about do­ing it be­fore, in­clud­ing for­mer JTR driv­ers look­ing into sportscars,” he added.

“It’s clear that if you win in GB you will get the op­por­tu­nity to race in Ger­many and if you win there you have chances to race all over the world. As long as you keep win­ning, there is a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion into pro­fes­sional motorsport.”

JTR has not ruled out con­tin­u­ing in sin­gle-seaters, but Tandy said that “at this point we are 100 per cent com­mit­ted to run­ning Porsches”. The squad plans to start test­ing a car this year.

JTR will run Porsches in Car­rera Cup GB next year

Le Mans win­ner Tandy

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