Former single seater star Dean Stoneman has confirmed his plans to compete in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB in 2013 with current champions Redline Racing.
The 2010 FIA Formula 2 champion looked destined to have a big future in single seaters when he penned a contract to race in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship for 2011 and secured a test with the Williams F1 team. However in January 2011 he was diagnosed with testicular cancer and given just a 50 per cent chance of surviving.
Now though having beaten cancer, Stoneman is on the comeback trail and targeting a successful career in GT and sports car racing. He said: “Our aim this year is to hopefully win the Carrera Cup and then work towards the Porsche Supercup for 2014 and 2015. The route I want to do now is into sports and GT cars. It’s a lot more money to do single-seaters and a one-in-a-million chance of getting to Formula 1.
“I thought Porsches was the way forward. Getting advice from Tim Harvey is a great help. We’ve taken advice from people who have been there and done it. It is quite a physical car to drive, but I’m not struggling at all and I’m working on my fitness.”
Stoneman who has already tested for his new Redline team will continue his pre-season testing programme before the season gets underway at Brands Hatch on the weekend of the 30/31 March.