Porsche Carrera Cup GB front-runner Pepe Massot is set to compete in the German equivalent this season with Küs Team 75 Bernhard, an outfit led by Porsche factory driver Timo Bernhard.
Massot joined the Carrera Cup GB midway through last season after a tough start to his second year in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup, entering the Porsches in the Pro-Am 1 class with Parr Motorsport.
The Spaniard, who took three race wins in the Ginetta Supercup, took a class podium on his debut at Croft. He was then bumped up to the Pro class for the final five meetings, with three outright top three finishes giving him fifth in the final standings.
Alongside a full campaign in the German Carrera Cup, Massot also plans to do some rounds in the F1-supporting Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup as well, having made his debut in that championship at the Circuit of the Americas last November with the MOMO-Megatron team.
“I am over the moon to be racing this year in the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany and some races in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup with Küs Team 75 Bernhard,” said Massot.
“It was a mentally tough 2014, but maybe sometimes a failure is needed, maybe that is what I needed to be where I am now, with a better mindset, with a better version of me. I am ready to rock and roll in 2015 and thank you to the whole team and the people around me for this opportunity.”
The 19 year old enters one of the most competitive versions of the Carrera Cup in the world with a team entering their third season in the category, with Bernhard’s outfit having won races in the series last year with now Porsche factory driver Earl Bamber.
Massot will be team-mate to Nicki Thiim, who won the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in 2013 and alongside finishing fifth in the Carrera Cup Deutschland last year, he won the GTE-AM class at the Le Mans 24 Hours with Aston Martin Racing.
“If someone can teach me, I don’t think there is someone better than Thiim to do it,” Massot added.
“The driver line-up is fantastic,” commented Bernhard. “We have always strived for a top man with lots of experience, as Nicki, who drives the whole team forward, and a young and upcoming talent, such as Pepe, who is expected to increase steadily.”
Massot will begin a testing programme with the team soon, ahead of the opening rounds of the championship at Hockenheim on 2/3 May. The championship also visits the EuroSpeedway Lausitz, Norisring, Zandvoort, Red Bull Ring, Oschersleben and both the Nurburgring Nordschleife and GP circuits through the season.