Skiing superstars to race on track with Porsche
The Porsche Sprint Challenge Scandinavia welcomes Aksel Lund Svindal and Ingemar Stenmark to the 2022 championship.
Two legends of alpine skiing are swapping mountains for racetracks and will be teammates for the upcoming racing season, having signed for the Porsche Sprint Challenge Scandinavia.
Aksel Lund Svindal and Ingemar Stenmark have each won two Olympic gold medals for skiing as well as securing 36 (Lund Svindal) and 86 (Stenmark) World Cup victories, among other accolades. This summer, both men will drive the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport in the Porsche Sprint Challenge Scandinavia, which runs alongside the elite Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia racing championship.
Aksel Lund Svindal
"I must admit that I was surprised when Ingemar and Porsche Sweden asked me if I wanted to be in the team, as I don't have much experience in sports car racing, but I'm really looking forward to being part of the Porsche Sprint Challenge Scandinavia," says Lund Svindal, who, with14 downhill victories and 17 super-G wins in the World Cup, became known as the King of Speed. "It’s a great honour, and I’m really motivated to learn more about racing. I know it's going to be fun, and this is in many ways exactly what Porsche is all about for me: good times and a passion for driving.”
The Norwegian will compete with Porsche Racing Experience with the race number 82. Meanwhile, the most successful alpine skier of all time – Ingemar Stenmark – will wear the #56 racing number.
"Racing is great fun,” says the 65-year-old Swede. “I already have one season in the championship behind me, and I really got a taste for it. There are so many similarities with high-speed skiing, such as advanced cornering and careful analysis of the course. I’m really looking forward to the upcoming season and to competing together with, and against, Aksel."
The Porsche Sprint Challenge Scandinavia acts as a bridge from club racing to a championship that is fully sanctioned by Porsche Motorsport. The series is run during joint race weekends with the elite racing championship Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia and will be shown live on the Viaplay streaming service.