Twelve candidates, one goal: being a Porsche Junior
It’s the job interview with one of the most prestigious prizes in motorsport – earning the right to call yourself a Porsche Junior. 12 young drivers have spent three days at the Portimão circuit in Portugal being put through their paces as Porsche analysed everything from the youngsters’ driving to their technical understanding, interaction with engineers, dealing with the media and physical fitness.
All the drivers have already tasted considerable success elsewhere, having had to finish in the top five of a Porsche national one-make cup. They also had to be less than 23 years old. Lining up this year were: Vitor Baptista (Brazil), Diego Bertonelli (Italy), Hugo Chevalier (France), Roman De Angelis (Canada), George Gamble (Great Britain), Ayhancan Güven (Turkey), Robin Hansson (Sweden), Jordan Love (Australia), Daniel Lu (China), Dylan Pereira (Luxemburg), Ukyō Sasahara (Japan) and Max van Splunteren (Netherlands).
The prize at the end of all this is a juicy sponsorship package of €225,000 for a season in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, as well as driver coach support from former Porsche works driver Sascha Maassen at every Supercup race weekend and training-related mentoring from the University of Potsdam. The Porsche Junior will also be involved in marketing and PR activities.
It’s all designed to make the Junior a complete package, with the end goal being to produce a fully-ensconced member of the Porsche motorsport family. After all, nine of the current Porsche works drivers and Porsche Young Professionals are former Porsche Juniors.