Tandy will complete a full campaign in the WEC for the first time since Porsche’s LMP1 program ended in 2017, and will partner regular IMSA teammate Tommy Milner in Corvette’s only C8.R in the GTE Pro division.
But Tandy’s return to the WEC will come at the expense of his previous program in IMSA, where the British driver has been a regular since 2014, during which time he has taken 11 GTLM victories with Porsche and Corvette.
The 37-year-old says while he looks forward to fighting for a world title again, he will also miss several classic sportscar races in the US after a one-off outing in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.
“There are mixed feelings,” Tandy said. “I think we’re all looking forward to doing a World Cup, doing something new and different. But we’re leaving behind a lot of people, a lot of tracks and races and a lot of fans and things that we’re used to seeing and racing with in IMSA week after week.
“I will miss places like Virginia, Watkins Glen and events like this. But we’re aiming for a World Cup and that’s something not many people get the chance to do. Le Mans is always big, but a packed world The endurance championship season is something else.
“Creating a full WEC calendar and including Daytona as a single event from our side has been a really nice touch. To have this opportunity to do these races and have the chance to be successful not just in a series but in these big individual events is always a good thing.”
#4: Corvette Racing Corvette C8.R, GTLM: Tommy Milner, Nick Tandy, Alexander Sims
Photo: Art Fleischmann
This year will mark Milner’s first full campaign in the WEC, having previously contested only select events outside of the Le Mans 24 Hours with Corvette since the championship’s rebirth in 2012.
The 36-year-old expressed his excitement at being given the opportunity to repeat Corvette’s success in the WEC but admits he is unfamiliar with most of the circuits on the six-round calendar.
“Although racing in the WEC is a new venture for the team, it still feels like home,” said Milner, who led Corvette to class victories at Le Mans in 2011 and 15.
“While it’s new in the sense of racing in a new championship, the feeling I’m getting from the team isn’t what I’m used to because there’s a lot more behind the scenes that makes this possible, but it still feels very much Familiar and very normal, but also very exciting to start a new chapter in Corvette Racing history.
“I’ve never driven at Spa, Monza, Fuji or Bahrain. For many of these races everything will be new to me.
“In general, I feel as prepared as possible for these new tracks. As always, when you go to these new places in real life, it’s always a little different.
“There’s always a feeling of heights that you don’t get in The Sims. While most bumps and such are present, the various track surface changes don’t always translate very well to these sims. There is definitely a learning curve involved.”
The 2022 WEC season kicks off with the Sebring 1000 Miles on March 18 as part of a joint event with IMSA.