In its biggest investment in young driver development to date, the Porsche China Junior Programme saw the most comprehensive talent search ever carried out by Porsche across China and Asia. Devised and financed entirely by Porsche China, the scheme replicates those held in Europe where 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, 21-year-old Andrew Tang of Singapore was selected as the 2016 Porsche China Junior. Throughout his debut season in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, Tang showed incredible talent while racing with the Porsche China Junior Team, winning 2 first place podiums while constantly pushing himself. He was also provided with world-class opportunities to participate in life-changing global events, joining Chinese driver for Fun88 Team Sunfonda Zhang Da Sheng at the Mobil 1 Supercup in Hockenheim, Germany as the first all-Asian team to participate as well as joining in the international Porsche Motorsport Junior Selection process.
In light of Tang’s incredibly successful first year, it was announced he will continue as the 2017 Porsche China Junior, giving the promising young driver another year of support as he develops further. Zhang Dashang will also join the Porsche China Junior Team this season after showing a solid performance in 2016, achieving several podium placements and finishing the season as the top-ranking Chinese driver.
In 2017, all drivers under the age of 26 will automatically be looped into the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia talent pool and have the opportunity to share guidance from star coaches like Earl Bamber and Sascha Maassan, Porsche’s Junior coach in Europe. They will also be eligible to take part in the global Porsche Motorsport Junior Selection.
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