Porsche gives apprentices a taste of professional motorsport

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The Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland is known as a stepping stone for talented young racing drivers’ successful motorsport careers. Recently its youth development work was extended when 13 trainees from five German Porsche Centers had the opportunity to gain experience within the series.

“Our Porsche Centers 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,” explained Alexander Pollich, CEO of Porsche Deutschland. “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 Centers 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 was given a glimpse behind the scenes of the one-make cup.

First on their busy program was a trip to the Manthey headquarters. The apprentices work with production cars every day but at Manthey their comprehensive training was focused on the latest Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. “Quite honestly, I didn’t expect to get such an in-depth look. There was so much to see and I got a lot of new impressions,” said Sophie Gruhn, a trainee from Berlin.

On the Saturday of the race weekend, the trainees were given the opportunity to support the professional crews taking part in round nine of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. They were divided into teams so that they could learn by doing.

Afterward, David Prusa, whose CarTech Motorsport by Nigrin squad took part in the pilot project alongside Allied-Racing, Black Falcon, Fach Auto Tech, GP Elite, Huber Racing, HRT Performance and IronForce Racing by Phoenix, commented, “The Porsche Carrera Cup offers a special environment. The trainees threw themselves into the challenge and I think it’s fantastic that Porsche made this experience possible for them.”

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Lawrence has been covering engineering subjects – with a focus on motorsport technology – since 2007 and has edited and contributed to a variety of international titles. Currently, he is responsible for content across UKI Media & Events' portfolio of websites while also writing for the company's print titles.

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