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Finalists announced for Porsche Carrera Cup GB scholarship

• Four ambitious young racing drivers have been selected for the final stage of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholarship Programme

• Run by Porsche Cars GB, the Scholarship will provide £80,000 to the winner to put towards a budget for the 2012 Carrera Cup GB Championship

• The finalists will undertake a rigorous evaluation process at the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone, including laps in a 450 hp 911 GT3 Cup race car

Now entering its fourth year, the hugely successful Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholarship Programme will provide an ambitious young driver with £80,000 towards their racing budget for the 2012 Carrera Cup GB season. The winner will be selected by an expert judging panel following an assessment programme at the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone later this month. The driver who shows the best mix of natural talent, potential, presentation and people skills combined with overall drive and commitment will be awarded the Scholarship.

The four finalists for the 2012 Scholarship1 are:

Jody Fanning; aged 18 from South Godstone, Surrey
2011 season: Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup

Tom Ingram; aged 18 from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
2011 season: Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup

Daniel Lloyd; aged 19 from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
2011 season: VW Scirocco R-Cup

Ollie Millroy; aged 21 from Esher, Surrey
2011 season: Formula Renault UK Championship

The aim of the Scholarship is to assist a talented young driver to make the step up to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB and have the opportunity to follow in the wheel tracks of former Carrera Cup racers like Richard Westbrook, Damien Faulkner, Danny Watts and Tim Bridgman.

In 2010, the Scholarship winners were Euan Hankey (Taunton) and Michael Meadows (Banbury), who were selected from more than 50 applicants. This season, both drivers have built superbly on their Carrera Cup Scholarship year to win races in the 450 hp 911 GT3 Cup race cars and challenge for the overall title. Meanwhile, 2011 Scholarship winner Ben Hetherington (Hulme Walfield) is having an excellent season and is now chasing his first podium finish.

“The transition of Euan and Michael into race winners and title contenders in their second season proves the value of the Scholarship,” said Marion Barnaby, Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship Manager. “This year, Ben is proving to be another strong young driver.”

The identity of the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholar will be announced in early November.

13/10/2011