Niall Breen (23, Ireland), Jono Lester (20, New Zealand), Tim Sandtler (22, Germany), Harald Schlegelmilch (22, Latvia) and Ferdinand Stuck (18, Germany) have been selected among 12 candidates through a talent search held in Vallelunga, Italy. This year, the manufacturer will offer a 180,000 euro budget for the young team’s participation in the international Porsche Mobil1 Supercup or the Carrera Cup Deutschland.
To select the young racing drivers, they spent two days testing three 450 HP Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Race cars. Each of them was given the same number of tires throughout the competition. The participants were assisted by Porsche engineers for setting up their vehicles and were given valuable tips by the company’s racing aces, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Jan Seyffarth.
The selected drivers have a varied racing background having participated in competitions such as the Formula 3 Euro series, the Porsche GT3 Cup, multiple karting series and the Formula 3 championship. For example, Niall Breen it two-time champion of the Formula BMW Great Britain.
“We’re very pleased with this talent search,” said Jens Walther, Head of Porsche’s brand trophy series. “All participants were extremely disciplined. We had neither an accident nor a technical defect with the three brand-new vehicles. We carefully weighed up each candidate against each other. The five drivers we selected can rightfully call themselves a “Porsche Motorsport Talent”. All in all, we were very impressed by the standard of participants and hope to see as many of them as possible contesting the Porsche one-make series,”