Youth Development Programme
After strong performances, the Porsche Juniors climb the career ladder and take on new challenges in 2017. Once again, the Porsche one-make race series have lived up to their reputation as talent hotbeds for international GT motorsport.
Germany’s Sven Müller is now a Porsche works driver. Porsche continues to support Italian Matteo Cairoli and Mathieu Jaminet from France as “Young Professionals” on their way to becoming professional race drivers – now in international GT racing. Norway’s Dennis Olsen advances from the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland up to the next level of the Porsche motorsport pyramid to contest the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. 2017 marks the maiden season for Australian Matt Campbell and Austrian Thomas Preining as Porsche juniors.
Sven Müller began his motor racing career in a kart. He spent four years racing single-seaters and was selected as a Porsche junior in the autumn of 2013. Over the following three years he tackled the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. In 2016 he secured the titles in both series. Driving for Konrad Motorsport in the Carrera Cup and Lechner MSG Racing in the Supercup, he also won the team championship titles. Moreover, Müller gave impressive performances at individual races in the VLN, the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship and in the World Endurance Championship WEC. For the 2017 season he joins the circle of GT works drivers.
As “Young Professionals”, Matteo Cairoli and Mathieu Jaminet will continue to receive training from Porsche Motorsport to become professional race drivers.
Matteo Cairoli, who won the Porsche Carrera Cup Italia in 2014, competed in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup over the last two years and concluded his 2015 season as the best rookie and the 2016 season as vice champion. With four wins to his credit, he earned more victories than any other competitor, however his retirement at the season finale at Austin/Texas robbed him of his title chance. Mathieu Jaminet contested his first season in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, where he took home an early rookie championship title from Monza. In the overall classification, the Frenchman ranked third after ten races. Parallel to his Supercup commitment, he tackled the Porsche Carrera Cup France and set a new record with twelve pole positions and twelve victories from twelve races. Both pilots will continue to receive support as Young Professionals thanks to their talent and their successes outside the brand trophy series. The pair competes for international Porsche customer teams in GT racing.
“Ideal launching platform for talented youngsters”
Dennis Olsen follows in the footsteps of his successful predecessors. The Norwegian has completed a year in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland as a Porsche junior and will advance into the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup for 2017. Porsche provides Olsen with a funding package of 200,000 Euro for his Supercup campaign and he also benefits from the support of driver coach Sascha Maassen, who will be at the racetracks each weekend. In addition, the Porsche juniors will be trained in the areas of fitness, media and mental preparation.
“We are very pleased with the way our Porsche juniors are developing,” says Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, the Head of Motorsport at Porsche. “This is why we offer them every chance to gain a foothold in professional motor racing. It is obvious that Porsche’s one-make race series are the ideal launching platform for talented youngsters.”