Lorcan Hanafin joins JTR for 2020 Porsche Carrera Cup GB season

by Vince Pettit

17-year-old Lorcan Hanafin will join the Porsche Carrera Cup GB grid for 2020 with JTR, joining Jamie Orton and Adam Knight in a three-car entry.

The Leeds-based driver raced in the Junior Clio Cup in 2017 before moving in to Ginetta Junior Championship for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. During his two seasons, he took two victories, including a win at Brands Hatch in the last race of the season, leading him to fourth place in the 2019 championship.

Lorcan Hanafin - Porsche Carrera Cup GB
Credit: Porsche / Dan Bathie

Hanafin was selected as one of four drivers to take part in the Porsche GB 2020 / 2021 Junior shootout at the end of the year. Going up against Luke Browning, Louis Foster and eventual winner Harry King, Hanafin performed strongly during the tests.

“I am very excited to be undertaking this new challenge,” said Hanafin. “The winter break has felt long so knowing that the first round is on the horizon feels great.

“It will be a leap up into the Porsche Carrera Cup GB from the junior series but I am confident I can rise to the challenge with winning Team JTR, who I believe will place me in a front runner from the beginning of the season.”

Team owner Nick Tandy has been keeping his eye on Hanafin’s progression after seeing him racing Clio’s in 2017 and is keen to get started on his development, hopefully emulating the rise of Dan harper who won the 2019 Porsche Carrera Cup GB championship with JTR.

Lorcan Hanafin - Porsche Carrera Cup GB
Credit: Porsche / Dan Bathie

“We have known Lorcan at JTR from a young age and I first saw him on the track back in 2017 at the wheel of Junior Clio Cup,” said Tandy.

“I’ve personally followed his last 2 years racing and helped along the way in his very successful Ginetta racing.

He’ll be an asset to the team and we hope to be able to help and guide him into becoming the next top Porsche driver, to graduate from Junior racing, following in the footsteps of Dan Harper.

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