Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland is as competitive as a one-make racing series gets, but for 2018 there’s even more reason for drivers to get involved, especially if you’re 23 or under.
That’s because Porsche has launched the new Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Talent Pool programme, meaning that all drivers aged 23 or under will get help and support from Porsche itself. This covers everything from fitness training right through to mental and media coaching, as well as driving tips from Porsche legend Wolf Henzler.
The sort of advice that Henzler will offer will be invaluable to any aspiring driver. He’s been part of the Porsche family and at the sharp end of sports car racing for years, so when he speaks, people will listen. It’s all about trying to help people become more rounded drivers, ready for the pressures of professionalism.
Plus, to help ease the strain on the piggy bank, all eligible drivers will be given one free set of tyres per race weekend.
And of course this support doesn’t just stop there. If you do well enough, you’ll be nominated for a possible selection in the Mobil 1 Supercup, onto the official Porsche Junior programme, and from there the world’s your oyster. Earl Bamber, Timo Bernhard, Patrick Long, Michael Christensen – they all came through the Junior ranks.
As if all that wasn’t enough, the prize money available to all drivers (no matter your age) has also been increased. Not for Porsche an inflation-pegged increase – in 2018, the prize fund jumps a whopping 10 per cent, to a total of 550,000 Euros.
Throw in the fact that most rounds will support the awesome ADAC GT Masters rounds (where our very own Timo Bernhard will be racing) and that it will all be live streamed, and there are countless reasons to think the 2018 series will be the best yet. Roll on April 13 at the Oschersleben.