Tandy briefs Carrera Cup GB drivers at Le Mans

Porsche factory driver Nick Tandy took time out of his build-up to the Le Mans 24-hour race to share his knowledge of the French track with drivers from the Porsche Carrera Cup GB yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 10 June).None of the 16 drivers UK-based drivers have raced at Le Mans before, so Tandy talked them around a lap of the world-famous track and discussed the challenge presented by the spectacular eight-mile circuit. The Carrera Cup GB drivers will first get on track for free practice on Wednesday evening.“It’s a very special event and Le Mans is a very special place in the motor racing world,” said Tandy, who was a race winner in the Carrera Cup GB earlier in his career. “It is fantastic to be here. Le Mans is a very particular type of race circuit and it is a track of two different halves: you’ve got all the fast straights and heavy braking zones and then the technical flowing corners and complexes.”Tandy said that learning the track in the limited time available was going to be demanding. “For the Carrera Cup GB guys racing here for the first time, the first thing to bear in mind is that it is such a long lap, so you don’t get many laps in the time available,” he said. “The track will rubber up and build grip through the weekend,” he added of the rubber to be laid by cars in the 24-hour race.Tandy also highlighted braking from high speed as one of the key challenges offered by the French track. “It’s a circuit that is about top speed, but it’s very important to be strong on braking ability. You need to get the most out of free practice and I’d really, really concentrate on getting the most out of the braking areas: getting braking references sorted out. You approach it in a slightly different way to any other track in the way you set the car up, but at the end of the day it’s a race track.”