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Nick Tandy – “It’s All a Bit Surreal”

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The 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans was won by the #19 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber and Nico Hülkenberg on Sunday afternoon.

On his third Le Mans, and his first ever behind the wheel of a prototype, Nick Tandy was over the moon but understandably surprised to have won the world’s toughest sportscar race this weekend.

“We came into this program, did two races and this is the culmination of five, six months worth of work, and like our world championship final, and we’ve come away as effectively the world champions if you like.”

“It’s the biggest race and we drove around for 24 hours, performed faultlessly for 24 hours, and not only have we been the most reliable car with the least amount of problems, I think we were also the fastest car for the majority of the race. It’s not like we lucked into it, we won this race out of pure good work and determination.”

“I think the good thing is that the three of us that are driving the car, we’ve all raced in a number of different things before, so it’s not like your typical rookie that has to learn how to do stuff. It’s a different car, it’s a different set of people, it’s a different place, it’s a different type of racing for some of us, but it’s still in all of our comfort zones.”

“It’s a good thing that there is a mutual respect between us in that nobody is worried about who is getting in the car, as to what sort of job they’re going to do when they come out of it. All of us have been quick and very good, and it builds a relationship.”

“A bit of luck, a bit of preparation, a good deal of talent from the team that know how to make a car work around this circuit,” replied Tandy when asked what he thinks the main factors were for winning this race. “We didn’t have a lot of practice time, so there were slight differences between the three Porsche cars, and I think ours was probably the best one. We had a great run, it’s a combination of things, but we clearly had a very good race.”

“I’m stood here winner of Le Mans. It’s with Porsche Motorsport, their 17th win at Le Mans. It’s all a bit surreal, I guess.”

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