Porsche has launched its latest talent nurturing programme with the announcement of Porsche Junior 2016, with the aim to “train promising youngsters to become professional race drivers”.
Applicants are welcomed to the programme if they are born between 1 January 1994 and 28 February 1998 and are able to prove their participation in a touring car or single-seater series and must not have competed a full season in a Porsche Carrera Cup, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge or in a higher level GT series.
Successful applicants will participate in a two-stage selection process including fitness and endurance tests along with showing their track talent behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
Those who are luck enough to be chosen at the end of the two stages will sign a contract with Porsche AG and receive support in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, including 150,000 Euros in funding and full factory assistance in fitness and training plans.
Former works driver Sascha Maassen will be mentoring the Porsche Juniors at every race with the aim to move up to the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and the ultimate goal of a Porsche works driver contract for those who can show their promise.
Porsche launched their development programme in 1997 and since then 19 drivers have received support, including Timo Bernhard, Marc Lieb, Patrick Long, Michael Christensen and 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Earl Bamber.
- To apply for the Porsche youth development programme, potential candidates should use the following application form: www.porsche.com/juniorprogramme.