2016 CARRERA CUP GB SCHOLARSHIP FINALS
Following in the footsteps of previous Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholar, Josh Webster, four finalists for the 2016/17 Scholarship were put through their paces at Silverstone on Wednesday. A challenging assessment day awaited the ambitious quartet of Sam Brabham from Banbury, Ashley Crossey from Bristol, Charlie Eastwood from Belfast and Hannah Pym from Staines-upon-Thames. Each underwent a series of assessments, both on track and off, to help determine the overall winner of the hotly contested programme, worth £80,000 per year.
In addition to driving the latest iteration of the fabulous 911 GT3 Cup Car around Silverstone’s National circuit, each of the candidates took part in a series of high-intensity fitness evaluation tests under the watchful eye of Porsche Human Performance experts. The four potential Scholars also participated in a world-class media workshop with former ITV F1 and BTCC journalist, Louise Goodman. Current Scholar Josh Webster and 2015 Rookie Champion Tom Sharp made themselves available to offer first hand advice to the four, having both previously gone through the process themselves. Webster (below) owes much to the programme, having become the youngest ever winner of the Championship in 2014, and finishing third in this year’s standings.
The finalists now have an anxious wait until the end-of-season awards on 7 November when the lucky winner will be announced. The prize includes £80,000 per year towards their 2016 and 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup GB budgets, and personal training regimes with the Porsche Human Performance Centre at Silverstone.
Porsche UK Motorsport Manager James MacNaughton said: “It was great that they all enjoyed the day and learnt a great deal. They have certainly left us with a difficult decision ahead of our end-of-season awards as there is no doubt that we are assessing four highly determined and capable drivers.”