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Youth Development Programme
Porsche expands its successful and sustainable youth development programme in international motorsport. In 2018, four Young Professionals will be sponsored on the international GT racing scene. Two Porsche Juniors receive training to become professional racing drivers in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, which runs as support to Formula 1.
Norway’s Dennis Olsen and Australian Matt Campbell receive support in 2018 as Porsche Young Professionals in international GT racing. The Porsche Young Professionals squad also includes Matteo Cairoli from Italy and Frenchman Mathieu Jaminet. Thomas Preining from Austria makes the step up from the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland to the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, where he will be supported as a Porsche Junior. Porsche Motorsport also backs Julien Andlauer as a new Porsche Junior. The Frenchman came out on top of an international shootout and will also contest the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in 2018. “All our young racing drivers have developed superbly in 2017. The one-make cups, in particular, have proven to be an outstanding springboard for the Porsche Juniors,” said Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars.
Olsen concluded the 2017 season as champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. The Konrad Motorsport driver demonstrated a particularly impressive level of consistency. As well as six race wins, the young driver from Våler in Norway also finished on the podium in 12 of the season’s 14 races. Olsen also demonstrated his talent in the international Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, in which he drove for the Walter Lechner Racing Team. The youngster was victorious at the British circuit in Silverstone, as well as at the double-header at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium). He concluded the season second in the championship and was crowned top rookie. Having been supported for two years as a Porsche Junior, Olsen can now look forward to outings on the international GT customer racing scene as a Porsche Young Professional in 2018.
Campbell contested his debut season in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in 2017. This was his first year in European motorsport. Prior to that, the young man born in Warwick (Queensland) had raced in single-seaters, as well as in the national Porsche one-make cups in his homeland of Australia. Campbell competed for the Fach Auto Tech team in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, and finished runner-up in the rookie competition. After eleven races, he ended the season in third place in the overall standings. The Porsche Junior won four races, in Spielberg (Austria), Monza (Italy) and the double-header in Mexico City. Promotion to Porsche Young Professional means Campbell is now ready to take the next step in his motorsport career. For 2018, he tackles the FIA WEC for Dempsey Proton Racing. Campbell shares the cockpit of the #77 911 RSR with Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer and team owner Christian Ried.
Porsche Motorsport also supports Cairoli as a Porsche Young Professional in 2018. The youngster spent the 2017 season at the wheel of a 2015 Porsche 911 RSR run by Porsche customer team Dempsey Proton Racing in the FIA World Endurance Trophy, in which he finished runner-up. The Italian won the GTE-Am class at the Nürburgring and in Mexico City. He also finished sixth in this class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The driver from Como, Italy, impressed at the 24 Hours of Dubai: Cairoli and Manthey Racing finished second at the most prestigious sports car race in the United Arab Emirates. In 2018, he contests the FIA WEC for Dempsey Proton Racing and shares the cockpit of the #88 Porsche 911 RSR with Khaled Al Qubaisi and Giorgio Roda.
Mathieu Jaminet completes the Porsche Young Professionals squad. The Frenchman lined up in the ADAC GT Masters for KÜS Team75 Bernhard. Driving a Porsche 911 GT3 R, Jaminet took the chequered flag in Oschersleben and was runner-up at the Nürburgring. The driver from Woippy, France, also contested selected races in the Pirelli World Challenge for the GMG Racing team. At the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 R, Jaminet won the GT-X Pro-Am class in the races at the Utah Motorsports Campus (Utah) and the Circuit of The Americas (Texas). He also gained his first experience of the IMSA SportsCar Championship with Alegra Motorsports.
Thomas Preining is also climbing the motorsport ladder, and will contest the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in 2018. He receives 225,000 Euros in funding from Porsche Motorsport as reward for his promotion. Preining tackled his first season in a GT race car in the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. The Porsche Junior won the final race at the Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg, and finished third at the Norisring. This was enough to earn the Konrad Motorsport driver second place in the rookie competition. Preining also won the invitation race in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, which was held as part of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) weekend at the Nürburgring. The young driver gained his first experience in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Budapest, Monza and Mexico City in 2017. His best result came at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico, where he crossed the finish line in fifth place.
Julien Andlauer also receives extensive support from Porsche Motorsport in 2018. The new Porsche Junior will benefit from 225,000 Euros of funding in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. Moreover, the talented youngster is a regular driver for Dempsey Proton Racing in the GTE-Am class of the FIA WEC. He shares driving duties in the cockpit of the 911 RSR with team owner Christian Ried and Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell. Andlauer won seven races en route to the title in the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup France. On the back of this success, he was nominated by the national one-make cup to take part in a two-day selection programme at the Lausitzring, at which the high school graduate beat eight international candidates and earned himself a grant towards his Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup campaign. Andlauer made his debut in the international one-make cup at the season finale in Mexico City. After qualifying sixth, the driver from Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon crossed the finish line in fifth place.