Porsche Cars Australia is set to offer support for seven young drivers across the Carrera Cup and GT3 Cup Challenge series this year.
As part of a joint programme with Michelin, Porsche has established an uprated junior support model that includes two teams – the three-driver GT3 Cup Challenge Junior Team and the four-driver Carrera Cup Junior Team.
The three GT3 Cup Challenge juniors will be selected through a panel of judges, with nominations set to open next Monday.
Eligible drivers must have been under 23 years of age as of January 1 this year, live in Australia, have sufficient budget to compete in the series, and have not raced at full national level before.
The Carrera Cup Junior Team will be made up of drivers already entered for this year's series, with the best-performing of the four set to be Australia's nominee for the Porsche Motorsport Junior Programme Shootout – the same programme that has seen Matt Campbell embed himself in Porsche's European programme.
“It’s exciting to offer this expanded driver development programme across our two Porsche one-make series,” said Porsche Cars Australia Motorsport Manager Troy Bundy.
“In the Porsche Motorsport Pyramid we have a genuine pathway to help young Australian-based drivers become racing professionals, from GT3 Cup Challenge, Carrera Cup and ultimately an opportunity to launch an international career in the Porsche Motorsport Junior Programme Shootout which, if successful, provides the opportunity to race in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.
"We have seen the proof of the programme’s success both locally in Matt Campbell and internationally with dual Le Mans winner Earl Bamber.
“It’s fantastic to have Michelin on board as the title partner of the Junior Programme. Porsche and Michelin understand the importance of such a programme in providing an opportunity for young local drivers.
"Michelin has been a long-time Carrera Cup tyre partner, so it’s tremendous to now not only confirm the brand as the GT3 Cup Challenge title partner but also to partner the brand in this great initiative.”
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