The Carrera Cup talent pool: on the way to becoming a professional racer
In the past, the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland has enabled many drivers to move on to professional competition. Thanks to the now even wider promotion of young talent, the single-brand cup is also considered today as a decisive career springboard.
Kvin Estre winner of the 24 Hours of Spa, GT winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and World Endurance Champion is one of the best racing drivers in the world. In addition, this year, the Porsche factory driver from France achieved an overall victory at the 24 Hours of the Nrburgring. Estre won the world famous classic in the Eifel region of Germany driving the Porsche 911 GT3 R with Michael Christensen from Denmark and Matteo Cairoli from Italy.
What else do this trio have in common? All three have already shown their talent in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. It is through this one-design cut that they climb the ranks to become professional runners. The Carrera Cup of Germany continues its success story as a career launching pad to this day.
Breathtaking duels. Exciting overtaking maneuvers. The adrenaline rushes to the last corner. For over 30 years this series has embodied exciting motorsport and has become an exceptional training ground for international GT racing. The recipe for success: Michelin test tires, limited adjustment possibilities and the latest-generation competition Porsche 911 GT3 Cup guarantee absolute equality of opportunity for all. In addition, since the 2018 season, the single-make cup has stepped up its commitment to young talent: in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Talent Pool, young drivers receive professional coaching in all key areas. This provides the perfect platform to become a professional racing driver.
Bastian Buus (Denmark / Allied-Racing), Fabio Citignola (Germany / HRT Performance), Julian Hanses (Germany / HRT Performance), Loek Hartog (Netherlands / Black Falcon Team Textar), Laurin Heinrich (Germany / Van Berghe Huber Racing ), Rudolf Rhyn (Switzerland / Allied-Racing), Morris Schuring (Netherlands / Team GP Elite) and Antonio Teixeira (Portugal / Nebulus Racing by Huber) make up the group supported this season. For these eight young men, the season started at the end of March in Potsdam with sports medicine check-ups, fitness tests, media workshops and training with a sports psychologist.
On the racetracks, the former factory driver Wolf Henzler is on hand to supervise the drivers of the Talent Pool. At every race weekend, Henzler and his protégés discuss the ideal racing line, optimal braking points and the best overtaking opportunities when walking on the track. He also supports young aspirants with race analyzes, personal interviews and jogging laps around the racetrack.
Talent Pool pilot Laurin Heinrich is a classic example of how the Junior Development Program works as a career stepping stone. Last season, the German won the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland rookie ranking. This season, Heinrich was in contention for the title for much of his second year in the Talent Pool. At the wheel of the Van Berghe Huber Racing team, he turned heads in the fourth round at Oschersleben. Heinrich took the race from pole position, vehemently defended his lead and celebrated his first Carrera Cup victory. Beaming with pride, Heinrich then spoke of his success in television interviews. Sport1 and ntv television channels provide full coverage of the German Carrera Cup. Here, drivers learn to deal with being in the spotlight in front of TV cameras.
Close link with professional motor racing
An attractive race calendar also helps to open doors between the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland and professional car racing. The season includes an opening round in support of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), a double program with the DTM, five events as part of the ADAC GT Masters support program and an event alongside the International GT Open. Factory drivers and experienced Porsche customer teams rub shoulders in the immediate vicinity of the Carrera Cup paddock. One of these teams is KS Team Bernhard.
Founder Timo Bernhard is considered one of the most successful sports car drivers of all time. He is a two-time world endurance champion, two-time winner of Le Mans and has won five overall victories at the 24 Hours of the Nrburgring. Today, the 2001 Carrera Cup champion still maintains close ties with the single-brand cup. Bernhard shares valuable career advice and gives exclusive insight into a professional racing team in the ADAC GT Master with Talent Pool drivers.
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland as a career springboard
For many racing drivers, winning the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland title was a career milestone. Sports car stars such as Porsche brand ambassadors Bernhard and Jrg Bergmeister launched their impressive careers in the German single-make cup. For defending champions Dirk Werner, Nick Tandy, Sven Mller, Dennis Olsen, Thomas Preining and Julien Andlauer, the Carrera Cup has proven to be a decisive career springboard. The eight drivers of the Talent Pool also dream of such a successful career in motorsport. In the junior team of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, these talented young people can take an important step forward this season.
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