The four year of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholarship Programme has opened with the aim once more to help a young driver onto the grid for the Porsche Carrera Cup GB.

Run by Porsche Cars GB the programme will select the most promising of the applicants to be awarded with an £80,000 boost towards the budget for a year in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB – one of Britain's fastest one make series.

Previous winners Euan Hankey and Michael Meadows are now established front runners in the championship, having built on the chance the scholarship gave them. 2011 win Ben Hetherington, after adapting to the car and series during the first half of the season is now chasing his first podium finish in the championship.

Hankey, Meadows and Hetherington – together with the winner of the 2012 scholarship will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of drivers like Damien Faulkner, Tim Bridgman and Richard Westbrook have all gone onto top sportscar series after success in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB.

All drivers applying for the scholarship must be aged betwenn 17 and 22 on January 1 2012, already hold a National A race licence and not have raced in the Carrera Cup BG before. Applicants must also show they can raise the rest of budget required for a full season on top of the scholarship award.

Any driver who wishes to apply for the 2012 scholarship should send a CV to carreracupgb@porsche.co.uk together with the reasons why they believe they should be selected. There is no charge for applications and the closing date is September 30.

Four finalists will then be selected for assessment at the Porsche Experience Centre, which will include driver the latest Porsche Cup car. The winner will be selected by a judging panel, taking into consideration a range of skills including not just natural talent, but presentation and people skills and commitment.

The winner will be announced in November.