Porsche China initiates Junior Program to discover more young talents

 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia in Singapore, Yuey Tan Porsche China has initiated a Junior Program for young racers from China and the South East Asia region, following the footsteps of the successful Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Series. The Asian Junior program emulates that of Porsche Europe’s youth racing development program. Through the years, Porsche Europe’s graduates; Timo Bernhard, Marc Lieb, Patrick Long, Michael Christensen and twice PCCA (Porsche Carrera Cup Asia) Champion Earl Bamber; have all gone on to be works drivers for the Stuttgart-based motorsport squad.

Bamber, of course, captured the 2013 and 2014 PCCA titles and added a Le Mans victory, this year, to his already impressive racing resume. The New Zealander is a recipient of the Porsche Motorsport Intertional Cup Scholarship and regularly participates in the region’s leading sportscar championship.

The Porsche Junior Program, fully funded by Porsche China, is open to upcoming Chinese karters and grassroot talents from across the S.E.A. region. Individual selections come from Chinese karters and drivers with the greatest potential from across three karting competitions held in different cities between 5 – 17 October in Beijing, at the Red 1 International Karting Circuit; Zhuhai’s Golden Apple Karting Circuit; and the Max-Light Karting Club in Shanghai. Inspiring talents between the age of 16 through 25 are required to register for any one of the three events to be eligible for the selection process. From there, the top three finalists will go through to the Best of the Cities finale to be held in Shanghai International Circuit’s KartWorld on 23 October. The best three in that competition will qualify for a place in the Porsche China Junior shootout to be held at the Shanghai International and Tianma circuits from 14 October to 3 November. Six finalists participating in the November shootout get to attend the finale rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia at the WEC (World Endurance Championship) in Shanghai and receive a further two-day evaluation.

The shootout will include thorough fitness and aptitude assessments for all nine candidates, on-track evaluation in both Porsche road cars as well as the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991). Candidates will be evaluated on their potential and willingness to learn, natural talent, knowledge of the sport, and professionalism in their approach to their careers. The evaluation panel and shootout team will include experienced coaches, successful professional drivers, one of the world’s most respected motorsport fitness trainers and senior management from Porsche China.

The winner of the 2016 Porsche China Junior Program selection will receive a season-long contract as the official Porsche China Junior, a funding contribution towards participation in the 2016 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, season-long professional coaching, entry into a round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, and the potential for nomination to the end-of-season Porsche Motorsport International Junior Program.