British driver Josh Webster was one of nine young drivers to take part in a two-day selection process, showcasing their skills at the Lausitzring near Brandenburg in the former Eastern Germany. Drivers from eight countries were nominated by their respective national Porsche Carrera and GT3 Cup championships and invited to the shootout. The young hopefuls took part in driving tests in the 460 hp Porsche 991 GT3 Cup and conducted discussions with experts and their performance will all be evaluated over the next few weeks to determine a winner. The most promising driver will receive funding of 200,000 Euro as well as comprehensive support to contest the 2016 season of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – support series to Formula 1.
Josh had already seen great success in Carrera Cup GB being run by Team Parker Racing, and with just one round left lies 3rd overall in the UK’s highest Porsche championship – just a single point behind his great rival Michael Meadows.
“With nine strong drivers it’ll be a tough decision for us. Fast lap times are equally as important as how they conduct themselves away from the race track. The talented youngsters are nominated by countries and regions in which a Porsche one-make cup is contested and who have the potential to be successful at an international level. We will analyse all parameters in order to select the best candidate,” said Andrea Hagenbach, Manager of the Porsche Motorsport Junior Programme.
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