The Italian race driver Matteo Cairoli is the winner of the Porsche International Cup Scholarship challenge. The 18 year old receives funding of 200,000 Euro toward his 2015 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup campaign. In addition, Cairoli will receive support on his path to a professional racing career. The former Porsche works driver Sascha Maassen will accompany him to all race weekends as a driver coach. Moreover, he will mentored in the fields of fitness, media relations and psychological training. At the shootout in Valencia, Spain, Cairoli managed to beat eight other candidates from international Porsche brand trophy series.
Over two days, all candidates had a chance to demonstrate their aptitude both on and off the race track. Fast laps on the “Circuit Ricardo Tormo”, technical understanding of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and compelling interviews were just some of the skills and accomplishments expected from the aspirants. The level of driving ability of the nine drivers from eight countries was very high. But ultimately it was Matteo Cairoli, nominated by Porsche Carrera Cup Italia, who proved the most convincing.
At 18 years of age, Matteo Cairoli from San Ferma della Battaglia was the youngest candidate to take part in the talent search at Valencia. “It’s like a dream to be chosen by Porsche. I felt good on the Valencia circuit and I’m really pleased I made such a good impression. When Porsche told me I’d won the selection process I couldn’t believe it. I’ve only been racing for the last two years. I’m very much looking forward to this amazing opportunity.”