Tandy charges to convincing win in first Masters Endurance Legends race at the Nürburgring

Tandy charges to convincing win in first Masters Endurance Legends race at the Nürburgring

Steve Tandy (Lola-Mazda B12/60 P1) took a convincing win in the first Masters Endurance Legends race at the Nürburgring by winning over half a minute from the P2 ORECA-Nissan 03 shared by James Hanson and Alex Kapadia, and the P1 Lola-Aston Martin DBR1-2 raced by Belgians Christophe d’Ansembourg and Hervé Regout.

Unfortunately, the Lola-Aston had a gear-selection problem at the start of its second stint”, said Tandy, “so we were unable to continue our fight. I just managed the gap, it was a very straightforward second half of the race.

The first half of the race, Tandy and d’Ansembourg were at it hammer and tongues, never separated by more than half a second. The two P1 cars had dealt with James Hanson in the P2 ORECA on lap 2, and proceeded to leave Hanson – for the first time in the car this weekend – behind by 12 seconds at the stops.

After the stops, the race was effectively over. Regout lost time with his gearbox gremlins while Kapadia’s charge was blunted as soon as he was up into second place. Tandy kept the gap to Kapadia at 34 seconds lap after lap and only at the end eased off to win by 30 seconds.

“When I took the car out of the pits, I saw the gears going up on my dashboard”, said a distraught Regout. “It was changing up automatically! So I kept changing down because I thought it would stall. And this happened a couple of times – I lost so much time, it’s a shame. But to be honest, I only did a few laps in practice, I still needed to acclimatise. And this is not a good track for a P1 car, too twisty, too many slow corners. Spa will be better.”

The Tommy Dreelan/Aaron Scott ORECA-GM FLM09 was involved in a race-long fight with Keith Frieser’s similar LMPC machine, the Canadian taking fourth place after the pitstops only to be repassed by Scott on lap 19. Three laps later, Travis Engen (P1 Audi R8) also jumped Frieser to claim fifth overall.

Dominik Roschmann’s Aston Martin DBR9 dominated the GT race, with Timo Scheibner’s Dodge Viper GTS-R taking second place.