Porsche China Junior Programme
Launched in 1997, the Porsche young driver concept is a successful, proven and powerful motorsport talent development model. Each of the 21 junior drivers who have raced as a Porsche Junior in the Porsche Carrera Cups has made the grade as a professional driver – with the list including some of Porsche’s best known works drivers such as Timo Bernhard (GER), Marc Lieb (GER), Patrick Long (USA), Michael Christensen (DEN) and Earl Bamber (NZL).
Recently achieving his second career win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2017, Earl Bamber famously got his start as a young driver in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia after dominating the 2013 and 2014 seasons. After seeing the talented driver in action, Porsche signed Bamber as a works driver prior to the 2015 season, providing him the path to glory as he joined a top squad of Porsche drivers to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans the same year.
Porsche China is opening the doors once more for talented young drivers in Asia to take part in this life-changing experience as they host the second Porsche China Junior Programme selection. Harnessing the unmatched expertise and experience of more than 60 years of global Porsche motorsport success, Porsche China will help pave a path to the highest echelons of GT competition for one exceptional driver.
The goal of the Porsche Junior Programme is to provide aspiring young talent the guidance and opportunity needed to become a professional race driver. Each season, one junior is selected after a two-stage evaluation process conducted by the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.
Candidates will be selected via carreracupasia.com, with the final six to nine eligible to take part in a shootout that will determine who will become the Porsche China Junior for the 2018 season.
The selected candidates will be invited to the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia finale and participate in a comprehensive evaluation process held over two days on November 6 and 7 at the Shanghai International Circuit. These include a complete physical fitness evaluation and a thorough assessment of both competence and potential on track in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991). Each candidate is interviewed by a selection board to assess ability to discuss knowledge of both motorsport and Porsche.
Following a thorough review of all candidates, the best performing driver is rewarded with a contract as a Porsche China Junior and sponsored with a package worth an estimated RMB 1 million to support participation in the 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season. In addition, he or she will receive ongoing professional coaching throughout the season, with previous coaches including two-time 24 Hour of Le Mans winners Earl Bamber and Sascha Maassen.
THE PORSCHE CHINA JUNIORS
The first Porsche China Junior Programme Selection took place at the end of the 2015 season, when 21-year-old Andrew Tang of Singapore was selected as the 2016 Porsche China Junior after an exhaustive search that saw 100s of applicants and nine incredibly talented finalists.
Throughout his debut season in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, Tang showed he was worthy of selection, racing with the Porsche China Junior Team to earn 2 first place podiums and constantly improving over the course of the season. He was also provided with world-class opportunities to participate in life-changing global events, joining Chinese driver Zhang Dasheng at the Mobil 1 Supercup in Hockenheim, Germany as the first all-Asian team to participate as well as joining in the international Porsche Motorsport Junior Selection process.
In light of Tang’s incredibly successful first year, he was selected to continue as the Porsche China Junior in 2017, giving the promising young driver another year of support as he develops further. As the top ranking Chinese driver from the 2016 season, 25-year-old Zhang Dasheng joined the Porsche China Junior Team for the 2017 season.
• Candidates must submit a full CV (Profile, age, education, racing record, other skills） to firstname.lastname@example.org before September 30, 2017
• must be aged between 16 and 26 on October 1, 2018
• holder of a valid passport issued from an Asian country
• holder of a valid international C FIA racing license
• proof that you have not driven a full season in a Porsche Carrera Cup or GT3 Cup Challenge
THE SHOOT OUT
The final entrants selected from both platforms will participate in a full evaluation and Porsche Motorsport experience. (Participation cost will be covered by Porsche China)
On November 5, candidates will be guests at the final rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2017 season at the FIA World Endurance Championship at the Shanghai International Circuit. There, they will meet the teams, drivers and organisers of the region’s most successful international sportscar championship.
Three full days of evaluations will follow on November 6 and 8 at Porsche China and at the Shanghai International Circuit:
Road car test
Timed laps in a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991)
Selection board interview
The Porsche China Junior selected will receive a sponsorship contract with Porsche China. Each contract is valid for one season.
In addition to financial support, the Porsche China Junior will receive training and advice comparable with that of the internationally successful Porsche works drivers. A Porsche Junior coach will be on hand as advisor, and will accompany the driver on his or her way to becoming a professional racing driver.
Besides the support from Porsche China (estimated RMB 1 million), the remaining budget required to finance the respective programme is also the responsibility of the Junior.
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