Just had a pic through from the Falken Tyres ALMS team, showing UK Porsche works driver Nick Tandy’s name on the car. Not the most interesting news you might think, but for Ferdinand it’s another step on an inspiring road, watching Tandy show what talent twinned with motivation can accomplish.
Nick followed older brother Joe into motorsport. A first season in Ministox brought the regional championship, followed two years later by a third place in the world championships, and third overall in the UK. Nick’s career then progressed through Formula Ford, Formula Palmer Audi and into Formula Three, driving for his brother’s fledgling race team (Joe Tandy Racing – JTR) from ’06 onwards.
Disaster struck in 2009, when Joe was killed in a car crash, close to home. The day before Joe’s funeral, Nick took his and Joe Tandy Racing’s first F3 win (at Rockingham), with his front suspension collapsing as he took the chequered flag: such was the energy it had absorbed in the race.
Nick’s first Porsche race came in 2008, when he won from a guest drive in GB Carrera Cup. In 2009, a drive at Dijon in the Konrad Carrera Cup Deutschland car was offered and accepted. Despite zero testing beforehand, Tandy took second place – awesome in this super competitive series – and was given another run with Konrad at the Supercup for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Another P2 followed, along with permanent Konrad race seats in the 2010 Porsche Supercup and Carrera Cup Deutschland.
Nick’s first Supercup win came at Silverstone 2010, and he chased the great René Rast to the very last round for overall honours, winning at the last round in Monza while Rast emerged champion. It was not for want of trying on Tandy’s behalf, and 2010 went down as one of the all-time classic Supercup seasons.
Bring the clock up to date, and Nick is a fully-fledged Porsche factory boy, with a Daytona pole position to his name and ALMS drives ahead for our favourite Falken Tyres Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. What happens after that? We’ll have to wait and see.