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The future of motorsports begins with our talented youngsters. A principle Porsche has adhered to since 1997.

A like-minded partner from the very start was UPS - where speed, precision and dependability are valued no less than at Porsche itself. Result of the cooperation: the establishment of the UPS Porsche Junior Team.

The sports success was one thing. On the other hand, the Junior Team rapidly developed into an important young talent school for Porsche works drivers. Or, more precisely: for credible brand ambassadors of one of the world's most successful sports car builders. With names such as Timo Bernhard, Marc Lieb, Patrick Long, Marco Holzer or, more recently, Michael Christensen. All of them onetime Porsche Junior alums who made it to works driver status. Even the all-time greats of motorsport Dirk Müller, Lucas Luhr and Mike Rockenfeller started their careers in the Junior Team.

The significance of the Junior Development Programme is summed up by Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport:"With our long-term youth development programme, we carry on the successful tradition of the Porsche Team. For us, supporting talented youngsters is an investment in the future. In line with our LMP1 project, we aim to expand our driver lineup. After all, aside from our works commitment in prototype racing, we don't want to neglect our GT racing activities. And in future we also want to support our customer teams with works drivers."

2012

At track tests in Vallelunga (Italy) in February 2012 six finalists aged from 18 to 21 years excelled with outstanding lap times and showed impressive progress over the two days. Klaus Bachler (20, A), Tom Blomqvist (18, GB), Michael Christensen (21, DK), Mario Farnbacher (19, D), Ramon Pineiro (21, E) and Dennis Trebing (20, USA) had earlier come out on top at a rigorous selection process against other talented youngsters from around the globe. Afterwards Porsche Motorsport evaluated the data from all the test laps and compared these with the comprehensive sports medicine results.

2013

The Porsche Juniors Michael Christensen and Klaus Bachler have made it: After a strong performance in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland in 2012, the two climb to the next rung of the career ladder and contest the 2013 season of the international Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup run as support to Formula 1.

Two new Porsche Juniors contest the Carrera Cup Deutschland in 2013: Alex Riberas Bou (Spain) and Connor de Phillippi (USA). The pair came out on top after a two-tiered selection process in Potsdam and Vallelunga against young talent from around the world.

2014

Porsche supports four young race drivers as Porsche juniors in the company’s one-make series in the 2014 motorsport season. In addition to the new junior, Sven Mueller (21, Germany), who tackles his first season in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland in 2014, the current Porsche juniors will continue to receive support. Austria’s Klaus Bachler (22) will contest his second season in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, with Alex Riberas (19) from Spain and American Connor de Phillippi (20) returning to compete in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland.

Michael Christensen from Denmark joins Porsche’s works squad for the 2014 season. After spending the last two years as a Porsche junior, where he paved the way for greater tasks with his strong performances in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland and in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Porsche now gives the 23-year-old race driver the chance to take the next step in his career.