At the shootout, a team of Porsche Motorsport professionals will thoroughly evaluate each candidate, looking for potential and natural talent over immediate speed. Every element of the drivers’ performance will come under scrutiny during what will be two days of intense pressure for the hopefuls. Over the course of the two-day shootout, drivers try to set the fastest possible lap time but also demonstrate their technical understanding and their analytical skills while setting up the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars. The winner is sponsored with 200,000 Euro as a Porsche Junior in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.
Menzel, who also made his debut in two rounds of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup this season, commented, “This is a really great opportunity for me, and I plan to learn as much as I can from the experience. The nomination shows that PICC Team StarChase has done a fantastic job right from the start of the season. My goal this year was to do as well as I could, so the nomination is really good news for both me and the team.”
While the team is proud to have helped their young rookie climb the championship leaderboard in the PCCA series, both they and Menzel are realistic in their expectations ahead of the shootout against some of the best young talents in the world.
Every year, the most successful drivers from the international Porsche one-make series are nominated by the respective Porsche Carrera Cup organizations and invited by Porsche Motorsport to a common assessment event.
The Porsche young driver concept, which began in 1997 with the first UPS Porsche Junior Team, has proven a successful model. Every one of the 19 junior drivers who have raced with Porsche support as Porsche Juniors in one-make series has made the grade as professional racing drivers. Timo Bernhard, Marc Lieb, Patrick Long, Michael Christensen and two-time PCCA champion and 2015 Le Mans 24-hour winner Earl Bamber are Porsche works drivers today.