Porsche factory driver Nick Tandy has joined Chinese squad KCMG for the upcoming World Endurance Championships, competing in six out of the eight rounds.

The British driver will compete alongside the already announced Matt Howson and Richard Bradley in the LMP2 class in the recently revealed ORECA 05 prototype. Tandy will also compete for the Porsche factory team with Earl Bamber and Force India Formula 1 driver Nico Hulkenburg in the Le Mans 24 Hour and Spa rounds.

"When the idea came up I could compete with KCMG in Silverstone and for the remainder of the season after Le Mans, I jumped at it," Tandy said. "Looking at the results from last year and what we'd seen first-hand in the paddock, we immediately contacted KCMG and I'm delighted that we've been able to put a program together."

The 30-year-old driver has won races in both the British F3 and international GT scene, as well as victory with Team Falken in Petit Le Mans. More recently the British driver took an outstanding victory with Porsche in the GTLM class at the 24 hours of Daytona in 2014.

"One of my goals is to learn more about the WEC and the circuits across the world, but ultimately KCMG and I have the same aim, which is to compete at the front of the field, win races and fight for the championship. I can't wait to test the new Oreca 05. I'm sure it will be a good step up from last year's car."

Erich Kolb, KCMG WEC team manager, says the team is gearing up for a shakedown test with the new ORECA 05 next month and are pleased to have Tandy in its plans.

"We are happy that Nick will join us in our forthcoming LMP2 campaign and we'd like to thank Porsche for allowing this to happen. Nick is one of best drivers around and we are thrilled to have him represent the team in six out of eight events of the world championship this season. This program will be a new challenge for Nick and we're looking forward to working together."

The WEC season commences at Silverstone for the 6 hour race on the 10-12 April.



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