The Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland is renowned for its effectiveness as a launching pad for the racing careers of outstanding young drivers. 13 trainees from five German Porsche Centers recently had their doors opened to the world of racing as part of a pilot project, expanding its work in youth development.
At first sight, the scene in the pits at the Nürburgring appears to be entirely regular, with a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup parked in the garage. Two of the young kids are hard at work as a number of them stand around the car while donning overalls. As they alternate changing the tyres on the Cup vehicle, Fabian Bethien and Lukas Zaeske work quickly and intently.
The task at hand is called the Pitstop Challenge and again and again, the whine of the wheel gun reverberates through the air. What looks like a typical scene from an endurance race is in fact part of a Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland pilot project. Here at the Nürburgring, 13 trainees from Porsche Centres across Germany have been given the chance to actively participate in a one-make cup race weekend for the first time.
“Our Porsche Centres stand for the highest quality and are an elementary component of the brand experience. Just like motorsport, they are an integral part of Porsche’s appeal,” explains Alexander Pollich, CEO of Porsche Deutschland GmbH. “From this came the idea of giving the youngest members of our ‘family’ a very special Porsche experience where they can get involved in motorsport and take the values of our brand into their everyday working lives.”
The Porsche Centres in Berlin Potsdam, Berlin Adlershof, Berlin City, Hamburg and Stuttgart nominated their apprentices for the project. During an action-packed weekend at the Nürburgring, the group are enjoying an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes of the one-make cup.