The battle for fractions of a second. For positions. A place on the podium. Starting with the 2012 season, 2 Porsche junior pilots get into the action. First challenge: the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland - on a self-selected team. Porsche allocates the lion's share of the season´s budget. And provides the junior drivers with an experienced coach, supporting them both on and off the track.
Depending on performance, the Porsche juniors can look forward to advancing into the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in their second season. The world's fastest international one-make cup event is held in tandem with the Formula 1 races. Offering great exposure to the up-and-coming drivers. While at the same time Porsche is adding new talent to its driver lineup for the Carrera Cup Deutschland.
Challenge and support: At Porsche this means providing more than just challenges and financial support. The pilots receive mentoring and assistance similar to that of the internationally successful Porsche works drivers. Fitness training with regularly adapted training plans are as much a part of the agenda as media training and sponsor contacts.
Giving talent a chance: Porsche again supports four young race drivers as Porsche juniors in the company’s one-make race series in the 2014 motorsport season. Sven Müller (21) tackles his first season as a junior in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland.
In addition to Sven Müller, all current Porsche juniors will continue to receive support. Austrian Klaus Bachler (22) contests his second season in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, with Spain’s Alex Riberas (19) and American Connor de Phillippi (20) returning to compete in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. Porsche provides its juniors with a large proportion of the season’s budget and coaches the youngsters off the race track, as well.
Klaus Bachler, who has received support as a junior since 2012, put in a strong performance in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. In a particularly strong second half of the season, he clinched his first victory at the race in Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps. He ranked seventh overall in the 2013 Supercup standings, making him the second-best newcomer after his junior colleague Michael Christensen (23, Denmark), who represents Porsche as a works driver in 2014. Klaus Bachler receives a budget of 200,000 Euro from Porsche for his second season in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.
“I’d like to be a regular visitor to the podium in 2014”
“I’ve learned a lot over the course of the 2013 season,” says Klaus Bachler. “In 2014 I’d like to be a regular visitor to the podium. I feel good in the car, I know the circuits where we are competing. I’d like to thank Porsche for the trust they have placed in me and I look forward to my third year as a Porsche junior.”
Alex Riberas and Connor de Phillippi receive support for another year in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, with each getting funding of 150,000 Euro. Running in 2014 is the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup which was raced exclusively in the 2013 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. Connor De Phillippi concluded his first season in the GT vehicle as the best newcomer and finished ninth overall. Alex Riberas scored third place in the rookie classification and achieved eleventh overall. At round ten on the Nürburgring, he even planted his 450 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup on pole position.
In addition to financial backing, all Porsche juniors receive assistance similar to the internationally successful Porsche factory pilots. Fitness tests with regularly adapted training plans as well as media coaching and sponsor obligations are part of the programme.
“Winning the rookie classification was a good start”
“My dream is now entering phase two,” says Alex Riberas. “I’ve worked hard over the entire season and even managed to secure a podium result at the last round of 2013. I looking forward to my second season and to all the experiences I’ll have over the year.” Connor de Phillippi also has plans for his second season in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. “I now know how important it is to achieve a good qualifying result if you want to do well in a Carrera Cup sprint race,” says the young Californian. “Winning the rookie classification was a good start. But now I’ll be aiming for the podium. I’m up against some tough opposition, but my dream is to climb to the very top step.”
Porsche Head of Motorsport Hartmut Kristen is extremely pleased with the way his juniors are progressing. “Klaus Bachler impressed us with a very strong second half of the season. His learning curve is shooting skywards. We would like to give him the chance to use the experiences he gained on predominantly unfamiliar circuits in 2013 to achieve even better results. The same goes for Connor de Phillippi and Alex Riberas. We saw the potential that we had hoped for during their first year as Porsche juniors. I’m confident that both will make further progress this season and they may even step into the limelight.”