Bri­tish ace Tandy reck­ons sta­ble rules can make 2017 WEC closer than ever

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Porsche driver Nick Tandy also be­lieves that the WEC’S de­ci­sion to freeze its tech­ni­cal reg­u­la­tions for two more years will in­crease the level of com­pe­ti­tion in this year’s cham­pi­onship.

Tandy has been pro­moted to Porsche’s full-time LMP1 line-up for this year, and will share his 919 Hy­brid with Neel Jani and An­dre Lot­terer.

The 32-year-old from Bed­ford told MN that he thought the fight at the front would be more fierce than ever this year, de­spite Audi’s ab­sence. “We’re ex­pect­ing a real bat­tle this season, and Audi pulling out won’t re­ally af­fect that,” said Tandy. “With the rules freeze teams can in­stead fo­cus on per­fect­ing what they have, in­stead of split­ting re­source com­pletely. Last year we saw quite a lot of one car be­ing suited to one style of track, and an­other strong else­where. This year we won’t see that as ev­ery­body will have honed their cars and en­gines and will be fast ev­ery­where.

“Toyota will come back very strong this year. The loss at Le Mans last season will have hurt badly, so they’ll be flat-out to win it this time around.”

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