2012 Porsche Carrera Cup GB scholarship is launched

The hugely successful Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholarship Programme will be run for the fourth time in 2012 and will provide an ambitious young driver with £80,000 towards their racing budget for the Carrera Cup GB. Created and run by Porsche Cars GB, the Carrera Cup GB Scholarship Programme will select the most promising driver to receive this major cash injection, which is designed to be a significant element of their budget for the 2012 Carrera Cup GB season. To enter the scholarship, drivers must be aged between 17 and 22 at 1 January 2012, already have a National A race licence and have not previously raced in the Carrera Cup GB. They must also be able to demonstrate that they can secure the balance of the required budget for a full season of racing. There is no charge for drivers entering the scholarship.The aim of the scholarship is to assist another talented young driver to make the step up to the Carrera Cup GB and have the opportunity to follow in the wheeltracks of former Carrera Cup racers like Richard Westbrook, Damien Faulkner, Danny Watts and Tim Bridgman.In 2010, the Scholarship winners were Euan Hankey and Michael Meadows, who were selected from more than 50 applicants. This season, both drivers have built superbly on their Carrera Cup Scholarship season to win races and challenge for the title. Meanwhile, 2011 Scholarship winner Ben Hetherington is having an excellent season and is now chasing his first podium finish.“The transition of Euan and Michael into race winners and title contenders in their second season proves the value of the Scholarship,” said championship manager Marion Barnaby. “This year, Ben is proving to be another strong young driver and we’re now starting the search to find the Scholarship driver for 2012.”Applications have now opened for the 2012 Carrera Cup GB Scholarship Programme and will close on 30 September. Four finalists will be selected for assessment at the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone, including driving the latest 911GT3 Cup car. The winner, to be selected by an expert judging panel, will be the driver who shows the best mix of natural talent, potential, presentation and people skills and overall drive and commitment.Any driver wishing to apply for the Carrera Cup GB Scholarship Programme should send a C.V. to carreracupgb@porsche.co.uk, along with the reasons why they think they should be selected. Applications close on 30 September 2011 and the four finalists will be evaluated at Silverstone during October. The 2012 Carrera Cup GB Scholar will be announced in early November.