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Laurin Heinrich named Porsche Junior and receives comprehensive support

At the wheel of the 911 GT3 Cup, Heinrich claimed the rookie classification title and also won a race in the international series last season. The passionate sim racer is a textbook example of Porsche Motorsport’s successful junior development initiative: In 2019, the young German won the Porsche Sports Cup, clinched the rookie title in the Carrera Cup Deutschland the following year and went on to contest a successful 2021 season in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

High benchmark at the selection process

We’re delighted to offer Laurin Heinrich our support and assistance as the new Porsche Junior over the coming season. The concept of the Porsche Motorsport pyramid has proven itself over decades and in many cases has helped talented youngsters climb the career ladder to become works drivers. We want to continue this.

The twelve highly talented participants who took part in the three-day Porsche Junior shootout at the Motorland Aragon made the decision very difficult – but in the end it was clearly in favour of Laurin Heinrich, explains Sascha Maassen. The former Porsche works driver accompanies the junior driver to all Supercup races as a coach. The fact that Laurin can drive the 911 GT3 Cup really fast is obviously one of the most important basics for an aspiring professional – but as the defending Supercup rookie champion and Zandvoort race winner, he didn’t have to prove much more. But he did impress us with his general attitude and mental maturity, which was remarkable for a 20-year-old. Overall, he turned out to be the best allround package with the greatest potential for development.

Porsche Junior for 2022: There can be only one goal

Laurin Heinrich often familiarises himself with track layouts and refines his skill in the racing car in his simulator at home. “I always drive a Porsche in the simulator,” he reveals. “Unlike other models, the 911 feels like a real racing car in the virtual world – many of my colleagues who drive for other manufacturers agree.” Because he has set himself high goals for real racing, esports will take a back seat early next year. I learned a lot in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and the Carrera Cup in 2021. That helped me to develop into more of a rounded racing driver. There is only one goal for me: I want to win the 2022 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. As a Porsche Junior, I can’t have any other motto! A display case in his father’s car dealership is packed with cups and trophies.

In addition to Sascha Maassen’s support, the sponsored youngster is provided with sports medicine and sports science training from the University of Potsdam – just like the Porsche works drivers.

Springboard into a professional racing career

Porsche’s exemplary youth development initiative has served as a springboard into a professional racing career for the last 25 years. Many works drivers, world champions and Le Mans winners have emerged from this development programme. The careers of Timo Bernhard (Porsche Junior 2000 to 2001), Marc Lieb (2000 to 2002) and Earl Bamber (2014) are prime examples: All three have won the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours with the Porsche 919 Hybrid at least once and have clinched titles in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The provisional racing calendar of the 2022 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup

24 April Grand Prix of Emiglia Romagna, San Marino (Italy) Monaco Grand Prix 3 July British Grand Prix (Silverstone) 10 July Austrian Grand Prix (Spielberg) 24 July French Grand Prix (Le Castellet) 28 August Belgian Grand Prix (Spa-Francorchamps) 4 September Dutch Grand Prix (Zandvoort) Italian Grand Prix (Monza)

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