2016 Porsche Juniors Climb the Motorsport Ladder in 2017
All four Porsche Junior drivers who took part in the 2016 season have proven their skills and progressed to the next level of their Porsche careers. Germany’s Sven Müller (24) becomes a Porsche works driver. Porsche supports the Italian Matteo Cairoli (20) and Mathieu Jaminet (22) from France as “Young Professionals” in the continuation of their training to become professionals in endurance racing. Norway’s Dennis Olsen (20) now advances from the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland up to the next level of the Porsche motorsport pyramid to contest the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.
Müller began his motor racing career in karting. He spent four years racing single-seaters and was selected as a Porsche junior in the autumn of 2013. Over the following three years he tackled the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. In 2016 he secured the titles in both series as the best driver. He also helped Konrad Motorsport in the Carrera Cup and Lechner MSG Racing in the Supercup to claim the team championship titles. Moreover, Müller gave impressive performances at individual races in the VLN, the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship and in the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC. At his first WEC outing at Spa in 2015, he and Kevin Estre scored an impressive third place. For the coming season he joins the circle of GT works drivers.
Cairoli continues his training at Porsche now as a “Young Professional”. Cairoli, who won the Porsche Carrera Cup Italia in 2014, competed in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup over the last two years and concluded his 2015 season as the best rookie and the 2016 season as vice champion. With four victories, he even earned one more race win than Müller, but his retirement at the season finale at Austin (USA) robbed him of his title chance.
Alongside Cairoli, Jaminet also continues his training at Porsche as a “Young Professional”. In 2016 Jaminet contested his first season in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, where he took home an early rookie championship title from Monza. In the overall classification, the Frenchman ranked third after ten races. Parallel to his Supercup commitment, he tackled the Porsche Carrera Cup France and set a new record with twelve pole positions and twelve victories from twelve races.
With Cairoli, Jaminet will continue to receive support thanks to their talent and their successes outside the brand trophy series. The two will be supporting customer teams in international GT racing on behalf of Porsche.
The Norwegian has completed a year in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland as a Porsche junior, finishing a strong third overall and taking the rookie title. He will advance into the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup for next season complete with a funding package of 200,000 Euros for his campaign. He will also benefit from the support of driver coach Sascha Maassen who will be at every race weekend. In addition, the Porsche juniors, who are joined for the 2017 season by Matt Campbell and Thomas Preining, will be trained in the areas of fitness, media and mental preparation.