Becoming the new Porsche Junior
Final selection is underway for one of the most coveted roles in motorsport
Twelve rising stars of racing have just concluded the rigorous selection process that will eventually find Porsche’s new Junior. The successful candidate will receive 225,000 Euros in funding as part of a sponsorship package that also includes a seat in the 2022 season of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.
The candidates, who must be no older than 23, had to fulfil demanding criteria to receive an invitation to the shootout at Aragón in Spain, including a top-five result in one of Porsche’s global one-make cup series. Their driving skills were put to the test in changeable weather conditions, while mental and physical fitness tests, an understanding of technology and an ability to work alongside race engineers as well as interacting with the media were also examined.
The twelve candidates from around the world included Dutchman Huub van Eijndhoven and Sweden’s Hampus Ericsson, Enzo Elias from Brazil and Alessandro Giardelli. Eighteen year-old Briton Lorcan Hanafin turned heads as the youngest of the group, as did Germany’s Laurin Heinrich, who had already claimed the rookie Supercup title this season.
They went up against Frenchman Marvin Klein, another Supercup rookie, Australia’s Cooper Murray and Sebastian Priaulx who raced in Carrera Cup North America. Completing the line-up were wildcards Kay van Berlo and Harry King from Great Britain and Italian Marzio Moretti.
“Fast lap times provide a basis for choosing the new Porsche Junior, of course, but they are not the only criteria we take into account,” explains the Porsche Junior Coach Sascha Maassen. “We also look for a team player who can motivate the team and represent Porsche. It’s about the total package. We’ve given a great deal of attention to each of the twelve candidates and taken a close look at what they can achieve on and off the racetrack. To choose just one new Porsche Junior out of these twelve is a big responsibility, which we take very seriously.”
Porsche’s youth development initiative has served as a world-leading springboard into professional racing for 25 years, with many works drivers, world champions and Le Mans winners having emerged from the programme. In the 2021 season, five of the 15 Porsche works drivers and Porsche Young Professionals had earned their stripes as Porsche Juniors. The latest member of their elite class will be announced shortly.