Nick Tandy has received praise for his particular efforts in the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours after his stint overnight helped drive the #19 Porsche into its eventual dominant position for victory.

The British driver was only granted a single stint early in the race as Porsche made a strategic call under the safety car to enact a tyre and driver change earlier than planned, with Tandy effectively getting his first proper race run in the 919 Hybrid once darkness had descended.

Despite this, Tandy quickly got himself up to speed and proceeded the gap his more experienced rivals behind him, his efforts regarded by many - including Mark Webber - as the key breakaway that would allow team-mates Earl Bamber and Nico Hulkenberg to swell the advantage through Sunday morning.

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However, Tandy played down his personal role in the charge, insisting the cooler than expected temperatures simply played to the strengths of the 919 Hybrid.

"The conditions came to suit the way our car was working handling-wise and I guess against some of the other guys," he said. "The temperature helps us too as it cools down the turbo.

"I did a single stint earlier in the race and when the safety car came out we thought it was tactically better to change tyres and a driver, so it was the first time we had a real rhythm in the car and it was coming easily.

"You are racing yourself. You have an idea of what is happening around you and you speak to the team, but at the end of the day you are doing the maximum you can.

"It was clear that those cooler conditions in the morning suited our car and how the drivers were working. I thought we were doing quite well because we were overtaking more cars than overtaking us!"

Tandy, who has only previously raced at Le Mans in the GT class, will spend the remainder of the World Endurance Championship in the KCMG Oreca, which won the LMP2 class at Le Mans.