British ace Tandy reckons stable rules can make 2017 WEC closer than ever
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.”
Just Porsche and Toyota will contest 2017, but it’s set to be closely fought
Tandy: Ready for fight