Michelin continues support of Porsche Junior Development Programme
By Mat Coch
Tuesday 10th December, 2019 - 7:55pm
Up and coming Porsche racers will next year continue to benefit from the support of Michelin Australia as it continues its involvement with the Porsche Junior Development Programme.
Spanning Porsche Carrera Cup Australia and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, for 2020 the program will continue to cover competitors in both competitions.
To qualify as an eligible Michelin Junior drivers in Carrera Cup must be under the age of 25 come the new year, while in the rebranded Sprint Challenge (nee GT3 Cup Challenge) drivers must be under 23.
They must also commit to a full season but by doing so will become eligible for a prize pool worth approximately $300,000.
There are added benefits including coaching from professional sports psychologists, sponsorship, media, branding training, and more.
The driver who wins the Michelin Junior competition in Carrera Cup Australia will be nominated to attend the Porsche Junior Shootout at the end of the 2020 season.
Set to again feature is the Michelin Super Round, to be held at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, from which the round-winning junior will receive a trip to France to attend the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“The Porsche Michelin Junior Programme is an important element of our local motor racing program and the Porsche Motorsport Pyramid continues to cement a pathway for the best young talent to reach the highest levels of the sport,” explained Troy Bundy, Porsche Cars Australia’s Head of Motorsport.
“Our 2016 and 2018 Carrera Cup champions, Matt Campbell and Jaxon Evans are the best examples of this and have both gone onto established professional racing careers in Europe, with Matt recently elevated to a full factory works drive and Jaxon conducting his second year as a Porsche Junior.”
“Locally, we’re immensely proud to have had these two incredible talents rise through our system and we hope that this program gives the 2020 cast of Michelin Juniors the best possible chance to follow in Matt’s and Jaxon’s footsteps.
“Such a comprehensive driver development program wouldn’t be possible without the support of Michelin Australia, who sees the potential in current Australian-based Porsche drivers and the importance to providing a program through which young drivers can realise their racing dreams.”