TANDY MOVES CLOSER TO PORSCHE LMP1 DEAL

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Nick Tandy is ex­pected to se­cure a seat with the Porsche LMP1 team next sea­son af­ter the man­u­fac­turer opted to drop cham­pi­ons Ro­main Du­mas and Marc Lieb from its 2017 World En­durance Cham­pi­onship line-up.

Porsche an­nounced last week that it was ax­ing Du­mas and Lieb, who re­cently se­cured the 2016 WEC driv­ers’ ti­tle along­side Neel Jani, from its sec­ond car’s line-up. Bri­ton Tandy was part of Porsche’s Le Mans 24 Hours win­ning crew in 2015, rac­ing along­side Earl Bam­ber and For­mula 1 driver Nico Hulken­berg in a third 919 Hy­brid, but this year has raced for the man­u­fac­turer in the IMSA Sportscar Cham­pi­onship in Amer­ica – with Porsche opt­ing against run­ning a third car in the WEC cen­ter­piece race in 2016.

Tandy, who had been mooted for a drive af­ter Mark Web­ber an­nounced he would be re­tir­ing from rac­ing at the end of the 2016 sea­son in Oc­to­ber, is now ex­pected to take one of Porsche’s three va­cant seats.

Porsche LMP1 team prin­ci­pal An­dreas Seidl has pre­vi­ously said both Tandy and Bam­ber were at the top of its list to take any va­cant drives, and a de­ci­sion on its 2017 driver line-ups is ex­pected to be an­nounced this Satur­day at the man­u­fac­turer’s an­nual awards evening.

Audi refugee An­dre Lot­terer is also un­der­stood to be in con­tention for one of the squad’s seats.

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