Tandy scores pole again for Porsche

August 22, 2015

Tandy scores pole again for Porsche

August 22, 2015


He won Le Mans on his LM P1 debut for Porsche, has won the last two TUDOR United SportsCar Championship races with teammate Patrick Pilet and today became the first ever GTLM driver to score three pole positions in the championship – Nick Tandy is certainly on a roll!

The British ace dominated qualifying today to stop the clocks at 1:42.532 – smashing the qualifying track record by 1.254 seconds.

Porsche also scored only its second ever TUDOR 1-2 qualifying result – backing up their performance from Sebring earlier this year.

While Tandy is out of championship contention after missing the Long Beach and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca rounds, his co-driver Patrick Pilet is only five points off the championship lead and closing fast.

“Clearly we’re on a good run, but honestly, I think a lot of today came down to track temperature,” Tandy said.

“When you look at the practice this morning we were really fighting with the cars, but in the light of the afternoon when the track is a lot hotter, we were right above the competition. We knew the times would be a lot slower, we have that experience, we learned that from other motorsports.

“For a points situation, it’s a perfect result but it’s Saturday and if tomorrow the conditions are a bit different, it could be a different story.”

Tomorrow’s race for Tandy and Patrick Pilet should be a lot easier than Road America where they had to start from the back of the grid after problems in qualifying.

“For sure it makes the start of the race much more simple because we can dictate how we’ll start the race more or less,” Tandy said.

“But it’s the polar opposite of where we were at Road America where we were starting from the back. So statistically we should be in better shape than at Road America.”

Joerg Bergmeister was second in qualifying today for Porsche ahead of last year’s winner – Risi Competizione with Pierre Kaffer at the wheel.

Championship leaders Jan Magnussen (teamed with Antonio Garcia) was only sixth fastest – just behind their BMW rivals Bill Auberlen (Dirk Werner). The BMW are only four points behind the Corvette pair with three races remaining.

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