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Carrera Cup talent pool: on track to becoming a pro racer

In the past, the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland has enabled many drivers to make the step up to professional racing. Thanks to the now even more extensive promotion of young talent, the one-make cup is also regarded as a decisive career springboard today.

Kévin Estre – winner of the 24 Hours of Spa, GT winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and World Endurance Champion – is one of the world’s top racing drivers. Estre won the world-famous classic in Germany’s Eifel region at the wheel of the Porsche 911 GT3 R with Michael Christensen from Denmark and Italy’s Matteo Cairoli.

All three once showcased their talent in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. Germany’s Carrera Cup continues its success story as a career launching pad to this day.

For more than 30 years, this series has epitomised thrilling motorsport and has evolved into an exceptional training ground for international GT racing. Moreover, since the 2018 season, the one-make cup has intensified its commitment to supporting talented youngsters: in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Talent Pool, young drivers receive professional coaching in all key areas. This provides the perfect platform on the way to becoming a professional racing driver.

Bastian Buus (Denmark/Allied-Racing), Fabio Citignola (Germany/HRT Performance), Julian Hanses (Germany/HRT Performance), Loek Hartog (Netherlands/Black Falcon Team Textar), Laurin Heinrich (Germany/Van Berghe Huber Racing), Rudolf Rhyn (Switzerland/Allied-Racing), Morris Schuring (Netherlands/ Team GP Elite) and Antonio Teixeira (Portugal/Nebulus Racing by Huber) make up this season’s supported squad. For these eight young men, the season kicked off at the end of March in Potsdam with sports medicine checkups, fitness tests, media workshops and training with a sports psychologist.

At the racetracks, the former works driver Wolf Henzler is on hand to mentor the Talent Pool drivers. The Talent Pool driver Laurin Heinrich is a classic example of how the junior development programme works as a career springboard. Last season, the German won the rookie classification of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. This season, Heinrich was in contention for the title for much of his second year in the Talent Pool. Heinrich took up the race from pole position, vehemently defended his lead and celebrated his first Carrera Cup victory. The television stations Sport1 und ntv provide comprehensive coverage of the German Carrera Cup. Here, drivers learn how to handle being in the spotlight in front of TV cameras.

Close connection to professional motor racing

An attractive racing calendar also assists in opening doors between the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland and professional motor racing. Works drivers and experienced Porsche customer teams mix and mingle in close proximity to the Carrera Cup paddock.

He is the two-time World Endurance Champion, two-time Le Mans winner and has claimed five overall victories at the Nürburgring 24-hour race. Today, the 2001 Carrera Cup champion still enjoys close ties to the one-make cup. Bernhard shares valuable career tips and gives exclusive insights into a professional racing team in the ADAC GT Master with the Talent Pool drivers.

For many racing drivers, winning the title in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland was a milestone in their careers. Sports car stars such as the Porsche brand ambassadors Bernhard and Jörg Bergmeister launched their impressive careers in the German one-make cup. In the junior squad of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, these talented youngsters can take an important step this season.

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Oct 09, 2021 at 05:27

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