In a drive to cultivate young talent, the Porsche China Junior Programme has combed through hundreds of skilled young drivers in an unprecedented search to find the region’s next racing superstar.
The biggest investment in young driver development to date, the Porsche China junior Programme is the most comprehensive talent search ever carried out by Porsche across China and the Asian region. Devised and financed entirely by Porsche China, the scheme replicates those held in Europe where all 19 of the Juniors have so far made the grade as professional drivers, including Porsche works driver and former two-time Porsche Carrera Cup Asia champion, Earl Bamber.
Following an exhaustive evaluation process, the ultra-talented 21-year-old Andrew Tang was chosen among more than 100 applicants to be the 2016 Porsche China Junior and, thus, is making his debut with the championship this season.
He will be under the guidance of expert coaching and training provided all season by an impressive team of legendary Porsche figures. The coaches, who will attend different race weekends over the season, include long-time coach of Porsche’s European Junior Programme, Sasha Maassen; world-record holder for most Porsche Cup wins, Craig Baird; former Porsche Carrera Cup Asia champion Alexandre Imperatori and 2015 Le Mans winner Earl Bamber.
At the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race weekend in Hockenheim, Germany in July, 2016, Tang took to the track with some of Porsche’s top international talent. Racing the Hockenring for the first time in his career, the young driver once again displayed his sharp instincts, climbing several spots between the practice session and the final race, where he finished 13th out of 26 cars on the grid.