Turkey’s 21-year-old Ayhancan Güven is the 2020 Porsche Junior, selected as the latest driver to enter the German manufacturer’s coveted development program. Ayhancan, who won this year’s Porsche Carrera Cup France and next year will compete in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, was among 12 drivers nominated by their respective single-make series.
The gun youngsters included Perth racer Jordan Love, above, who contested the grueling three-day selection process in Portimão in Portugal late last month.
The 2019 Porsche Junior Shootout has been recognised as the strongest field on record, with champions and drivers from around the world.
This year was the Turk’s second nomination for the shootout.
He lost out in 2018 to Jaxon Evans – Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Australia champion and reigning Porsche Junior – but went onto compete in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup championship this year, claiming both race victories and podiums this season.
Interestingly, while Ayhancan started off in karting, he switched to sim racing until the age of 17 where he won several races in his home country.
He took out the Porsche Carrera Cup France and the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux, claiming titles in both in 2018 and repeating in the French championship this year.
Porsche traditionally supports two young drivers at the same time, and Aussie Jaxon Evans has been given the honour of returning alongside the Turk as a Porsche Junior in 2020.
The young champions each receive a sponsorship package that includes 225,000 euros for a season in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, racing eight rounds at the wheel of a 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
Jordan Love has impressed throughout his ascent up the Porsche Motorsport Pyramid, earning his debut nomination in the global shootout – after winning both the 2019 Michelin Junior title and clinching the 2019 Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Championship on the Gold Coast recently.
“He now carries huge momentum into next year with strong opportunities abroad on the horizon.“ Porsche.
Porsche has supported talented young racing drivers since 1997 and helps them on their way up the motorsport career ladder.
EDITED by AC
EDITED by AC (My thanks to Angus Thompson).