American Connor de Phillippi, Sven Müller from Germany and Italy’s Matteo Cairoli contest the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, one of the fastest international one-makes series in the world that is run exclusively as support to the Formula One races. Additionally they contest the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland and selected endurance races.
While this season marks Sven Müller’s second year as a Porsche Junior, Connor de Phillippi has received support from Porsche since 2013. Rounding off the talented trio is Matteo Cairoli. At the 2014 shootout in Valencia, Spain, Cairoli managed to beat eight other candidates from Porsche’s international one-make series. Sven Müller and Connor de Phillippi have earned themselves continued backing with strong performances in the past season.
“Sven and Connor have made excellent progress both on and off the race track,” says Porsche Head of Motorsport Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser. “Now we would like to give them the chance to use the experiences they have gained in 2014, at times on unfamiliar circuits, to achieve even better results. Matteo will also undoubtedly make great progress following in their slipstream. All three are on the right track. I’m confident they may even be good for the odd surprise in 2015.”Sven Müller celebrated an excellent first year as a Porsche Junior, underlining his talent in both the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. The young German won the rookie classification in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, climbed the podium six times over the course of the season to ultimately score fourth overall against strong opposition. In the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup run as support to the Formula One races, he clinched two podiums and finished the year as second in the rookie classification.
In his maiden season as a Porsche Junior in 2013, Connor de Phillippi won the rookie classification in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. In 2014 he came third in the rookie class of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. In the German Carrera Cup he won the race in Budapest and scored two further podium placings in Germany’s fastest one-make race series.
“My first season as a Porsche junior was awesome,” says Sven Müller. “I learned so much, not only as a race driver but also in my dealings with the engineers and my team. The support I received from Porsche was tremendous. I felt great at the wheel of the Porsche 911 GT3 from the very first moment and I’m pleased that I was able to justify Porsche’s confidence in me with good results. Now I’m looking forward to my second season as a junior and some exciting races in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.”
At the selection shootout in Valencia, the top junior candidates from Porsche’s worldwide makes cup series showcased their talents both on and off the track. Over two days, the talented youngsters had to not only set the fastest possible lap times on the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, but also demonstrate their technical understanding and analytical skills in setting up the 450 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Part of the selection process included the simulation of a qualifying session as well as an entire race. Compelling interviews were just one of many skills expected from the aspirants. The level of driving ability of the nine drivers from eight countries was exceptionally high. But ultimately it was 18-year-old Matteo Cairoli who proved the most convincing.