Porsche Carrera Cup GB front-runner Pepe Massot will make his Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup debut this weekend at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, becoming the young driver on the grid of the Formula One support category.
The Barcelona-born racer moved into Porsche competition midway through 2014 after a tough start to the season in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup. Becoming a regular top six finisher from the off with Parr Motorsport, Massot ended the year with three outright podium finishes in twelve races.
Massot has joined the grid for Austin with the MOMO-Megatron team, and is relishing the prospect of competing in the Supercup for the first time as he aims to compete in the Porsche series full-time next season.
“This is an amazing opportunity for me, I really want to say a big thank you to my sponsors and to Andreas Laberle at MOMO-Megatron – he’s a great guy and has given me a really fantastic chance,” said Massot.
“My aim is to become a professional racing driver as soon as I can, so making my debut in Porsche Supercup in Austin with a top team is an opportunity we had to take.
“I’m really looking forward to racing in America for the first time, it’s going to be a big weekend for the Supercup with the Formula One – there’s no GP2 or GP3 so there will be even more focus given to the Porsche races. Austin is a really great track, I can’t wait to get out there!”
Massot flew out to the States today (29 October) after an extensive day of simulator work at Base Performance in Banbury yesterday, with experienced Porsche racer Nick Tandy on hand to offer his expert guidance.
“If I haven’t done 10,000 laps on the simulator already then I haven’t done any!” he added. “I have been practicing really hard, some qualifying runs, some race runs, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to prepare as well as I can.”