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Carrera Cup GB Scholarship moves to two year programme
6th August 2012The format of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholarship Programme is being developed for 2013 to offer a young driver significant support for two seasons of racing. The change will offer the very best young talent an even better platform to lay the foundations of a career as a professional sports and GT driver.
Since its launch in August 2008, the Carrera Cup Scholarship has offered seven drivers the chance to race in the Carrera Cup GB. 2010 Scholarship winners Michael Meadows and Euan Hankey both went on to be race winners and Meadows currently leads the 2012 title race.
This season Huddersfield racer Daniel Lloyd (20) was selected as the Scholarship driver and won 80,000 towards his budget for the year. In addition, Lloyd was given the chance to contest the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup race at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and take part in the Goodwood Festival of Speed, taking the total value of his prize to well over 100,000.
The new programme means that Lloyd will be supported for a second season in the Carrera Cup GB in 2013. He will be awarded a further 80,000 towards next years budget as well as on-going backing including a tailored training programme at Porsche Human Performance.
Our experience shows that young drivers coming into the Carrera Cup GB really need to have a two-year programme in the championship before they are ready to step up, hopefully into the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup, said Porsche Cars GB motorsport manager Marion Barnaby. We have decided to offer a longer commitment to each selected driver and give them the best chance of building a career as a professional racing driver.
This is massively unexpected, said Lloyd. I'm struggling to put into words exactly what it means to me. To become the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholar was the biggest moment of my career by a mile but this has just topped that experience! I want to say a huge thank you to everyone involved.
Becoming the Scholar meant the world to me, knowing that the people at Porsche were putting their faith in me was incredible. Having continued backing and support for a second season in the championship though is something else. It's massive for my career and I'm over the moon.
In some ways it actually means more to me than winning the Scholarship in the first place as this decision has been based on my performance during the first half of this season. Obviously, the Scholarship process came down to an application form, CV and a grueling assessment day, but this decision is based on Porsche actually seeing what I've done on and off the track so far this season. That makes me feel very proud."
A fresh evaluation process will be run in October 2013 to select a Scholarship driver for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Details of the next Scholarship programme will be unveiled in August 2013.
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