Tandy triumphs at Le Mans

Nico Hulkenberg (right) celebrates victory at Le Mans with Nick Tandy (left) and Earl Bamber (Photo James Beckett).

Nico Hulkenberg (right) celebrates victory at Le Mans with Nick Tandy (left) and Earl Bamber (Photo James Beckett).

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Pavenham’s Nick Tandy became the 32nd British winner of Le Mans on Sunday.

The 30-year-old was driving for Porsche along with Force India’s Grand Prix star Nico Hulkenberg and New Zealander Earl Bamber in motorsport’s toughest endurance race.

The trio’s No19 Porsche 919 Hybrid recorded 395 laps to beat their team-mates Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard by a lap to give the German manufacturer its first overall victory at the French track since 1998.

It was 30-year-old Tandy’s third start at the Circuit de la Sarthe in the world’s oldest sports car race – but his first in the top prototype LMP1 category.

Afterwards he said of his two first time Le Mans co-drivers: “I can’t think of two better people to share the car with.

“We haven’t put a wheel wrong all race and we’ve just won the biggest race in the world.

“I had an ambition, goal and drive when I was 12 to win races.

“It’s very difficult to do that - but if you want something enough and pursue it, talk to the right people and have a little bit of luck along the way - I’m stood here winner of Le Mans.

“It will take time to sink in now.”

Meanwhile, for 42-year-old Olly Gavin, it was his fifth Le Mans success in the GTE-Pro class driving for Corvette Racing along with his American team-mates Tommy Milner and Jordan Taylor.