Seven drivers from the 2011 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship will be making the step up to Porsche Mobil1 Supercup to compete in the British Grand Prix supporting round at Silverstone.
The Supercup is seen by many of the top drivers in the GB series as the next logical step in their careers, meaning some have entered the Silverstone race in the past to get their first taste of the Supercup competition in front of a huge home crowd.
2009 saw James Sutton take a superb podium finish in third, with Tim Harvey finishing eighth, while 2010's Scholarship winners Michael Meadows and Euan Hankey took part in last years race, finishing fourteenth and seventeenth respectively.
The seven drivers entering this season are:
James Sutton (SAS/Redline): “To get back into the Supercup is great. This will be the fourth time in six years that I've done the Silverstone race and in 2009 I finished third. The Supercup is where I want to get to, and always has been.”
Michael Meadows (SAS/Redline): “I did the 2010 Supercup race as part of the Carrera Cup Scholarship, so this year I'll be more prepared for it. You've got to go there believing you can be competitive. The desire is to be in the Supercup fulltime in 2012.”
Sam Tordoff (Team Parker Racing): “I watched the 2010 Supercup race at Silverstone from the pit wall and it was then I made up my mind to switch to the Carrera Cup. It will be a fantastic experience to race with the biggest guys in Porsche racing, but we're under no pressure.”
Ben Hetherington (Oman Air/Redline): “It's another big challenge coming straight after the World Cup race at the Nurburgring. It will be a very big learning curve, and I'm certainly looking towards the future with the Supercup.”
Ahmad Al Harthy (Oman Air/Redline): “It will be amazing for me and I just want to keep on learning. It is another level on from anything we've done before and the Supercup is on our agenda for the future.”
Keith Webster (Redline Racing): “That race has to be one of the pinnacles of an amateur career. I love Silverstone and what an atmosphere there will be. These are some of the best drivers in the world and it will be a fantastic experience.”
The final driver to take part will be Redline Racing's Andrew Shelley.