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Nick Tandy

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Nick Tandy (born November 5, 1984 in Bedford, England) is a professional British racecar driver.

Career

Ministox

Tandy followed brother Joe's route on the motor racing ladder, by starting out as an eleven-year-old in short oval Ministox machinery, in 1996.Immediate success came to him, as he won the Midland region of Ministox. 1997 saw a shift to the East Anglian Ministox region, where Tandy ended as runner-up. 1998 saw Tandy finish as runner-up in the world championship, behind brother Joe and also finished third in the national championship. He would go two places better in 1999, as he claimed the Spedeworth points title. Tandy won four different championships in 2000. Winning the ORC Championship at RAF Bovingdon, he continued the success at Arlington, Eastbourne (Southern), and at Wimbledon Stadium (London), before retaining the Spedeworth points title.

Mini Se7ens

Continuing the Mini theme, Tandy moved into Mini Se7ens in time for the 2001 Winter Series. He ended up third in the championship, won eventually by Kelly Rogers. Tandy moved into the main series for 2002, but struggled to find form and eventually languished down in tenth in the overall championship standings. A second Winter Series campaign followed, and improved his 2001 position by one by finishing runner-up. He competed in two more seasons in the main championship, amassing four wins in 2003.

Formula Ford

After a year in the BRDC Single Seater Championship, which he dominated in 2005 (11 wins from 14 races) and earning a Scholarship from Silverstone, Tandy moved into the British Formula Ford Championship in 2006. Tandy had an impressive first season in the championship, finishing as runner-up in the standings, with 365 points. Although, he was over 150 points behind dominating champion Nathan Freke. Tandy had started out at the Raysport team but with his car lacking upgrades, decided to jump ship with four races to go and become the first driver for his brother's newly setup team. A win and a second place at both Thruxton and Castle Combe allowed Nick to overhaul Peter Dempsey, Christian Ebbesvik and James Nash to achieve that runner-up position behind Freke. He then proceeded to win the 2006 Formula Ford Festival on the road, before a 10-second penalty was added post-race for a safety car misdemeanour, dropping him to fifth. He continued in the championship in 2007, but finished one place lower in the standings, finishing third overall. Tandy and James Nash were involved in a titanic battle for the runner-up spot (as Callum MacLeod finishing some 130 points clear of the pair), which was eventually settled by just twelve points. Tandy won six races throughout the season, and finished on the podium on ten other occasions. After his close call the previous year, Tandy won the Formula Ford Festival at the end of the season, but only after MacLeod was given a two-second penalty post-race.

Formula Palmer Audi

After his Formula Ford Festival win, Tandy signed a very late deal to compete in the Formula Palmer Audi Autumn Trophy, and in particular the Formula Palmer Audi Shootout. The Shootout guarantees a place on the shortlist for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award for the driver who scores the most points over the course of the three-race weekend at Snetterton. Thanks to two wins, and a fourth (although the fourth was irrelevant due to best two scores), Tandy won the Shootout and was part of the shortlist.However, he would lose out to Stefan Wilson.

Formula Three

After two years in Formula Ford, Tandy moved into the highly competitive British Formula Three Championship for the 2008 season. Driving for his brother's team and piloting the unfavourable Mygale chassis, Tandy started with three retirements. He steadily improved throughout the season, and recorded his first podium during the overseas round at Spa-Francorchamps, in support of the Spa 24 Hours. Two more podiums came towards the end of the season at Silverstone and Donington Park, as he ended up ninth overall, overtaking Max Chilton at the Donington finale. He also competed in the guest car in the Porsche Carrera Cup at Silverstone, winning the first race.

Tandy continued in the series in 2009, and also continued to use the Mygale chassis and Mercedes engines. With Ultimate Motorsport pulling out of the series, JTR became the de facto lead team for Mygale, with Nick being touted as a championship contender. After a double podium at the Oulton Park opener, Tandy suffered a somewhat disappointing weekend at Silverstone with low points finishes. After his brother's death, the team vowed to carry on in both Formula Three and in Formula Ford. Eighteen days after his brother's death, Tandy scored his and the team's first win with a dominating performance at Rockingham. Having negotiated the first lap incident which took out rivals Daniel Ricciardo and Renger van der Zande, Tandy drove away from the field to win by 8.608 seconds from Henry Arundel and Adriano Buzaid.<ref name=firstwin/> Nick is also noted for his pace over a single lap, having recorded four fastest laps from the first eight races of the championship, and currently lies third in the standings.

After Carlo van Dam left Kolles & Heinz Union, Tandy was signed up to drive at the Norisring in the Formula Three Euroseries. The following weekend, Tandy signed a deal to compete in the rest of the Euroseries campaign, but a clause in the contract means that he will not be able to compete again this season in the UK.

Personal life

An alumnus of both Lincroft Middle School in Oakley and Sharnbrook Upper School and Community College in Sharnbrook, Tandy lives on the family farm in Pavenham, Bedfordshire. Nick's brother Joe also lived there, until his untimely death in a road traffic accident in Bromham, Bedfordshire on May 13, 2009. Nick drove for his brother's team Joe Tandy Racing between 2006 and his death.

He is currently in a relationship with a local long-term girlfriend and works as an automotive glazing technician for Autoglass.

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