Porsche Junior Program for 2016

Want to get a good sense for the next generation of sportscar drivers who will be standing atop podiums in the coming years?  Look no further than the Porsche Junior Program.  Last week, Porsche announced that four drivers would be selected for factory support.  Norwegian Dennis Olsen (19) and Frenchman Mathieu Jaminet (21) join the squad while Italian Matteo Cairoli (19) and German Sven Müller (23) will continue for another year.

Olsen will run in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland.  Jaminet, Carioli and Müller will run in the Porsche Supercup which supports the European Formula 1 races.20150516-161021201 The Porsche junior program has a long history of success.

Porsche’s junior program has operated since 1997.  Recognized names such as Timo Bernhard, Patrick Long, Michael Christensen, and Marc Lieb have been developed through the program.   2015 LeMans winner Earl Bamber participated in the 2014 edition of the junior program. American Connor De Phillipi has run as a Porsche Junior driver for the last several years in the Carrera Cup Deutschland series and Porsche Supercup Series.

For my money, Sven Müller is one to watch in particular.  Stay tuned…


Philipp Eng wins both Porsche Supercup and Carrera Cup Deutschland Championships

More Austin Porsche Supercup coverage, this time from Tony DiZinno and Sportscar365.com.  Philipp Eng has had quite a year, completing the rare feat of winning both the Supercup Championship and the German Carrera Cup Championship. Read more at Sportscar Racing News.  Huge congrats to Philipp Eng and the Project 1 team.
Canon 5D Mark III, 55mm, 1/250 sec, f/8
May 14, 2015
Nurburgring 24h race, Carrera Cup Deutschland support race paddock
Philip Eng finished second in the race (before driving to the win in the Nurburgring 24h race in SP7 in a Black Falcon Porsche 911GT3).

Canon 5D Mark III, 240mm, 1/160 sec, f/9
May 16, 2015
Nurburgring 24h race, Carrera Cup Deutschland post-race paddock