Serving as an evolution of the driver development programme, Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific continue to bring talent into the ever-growing world of Asian motorsport. In addition to receiving support and funding towards a Porsche customer seat in the region, Picariello will be coached by former Porsche factory driver Sascha Maassen, who is also the mentor for the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Talent Pool and Porsche China Junior programme.
Physical training will also be included, as well as media and marketing preparation to ensure support is provided in all areas. Picariello will shadow Porsche customer teams at the upcoming Bathurst 12 Hour in order to gain valuable insight into team operations during a race event ahead of his first GT3 race for the Stuttgart-based marque.
The 2013 ADAC Formel Masters champion has already made a name for himself in GT racing as part of the title-winning entry in the 2018 China GT Championship, while also taking two outright victories in GT World Challenge Asia in 2019. During the 2017 GT4 European Series Northern Cup, Picariello drove a Porsche Cayman 718 GT4 Clubsport MR to class victory.
The PCCA Talent Pool will also continue in 2020. Open to all drivers aged under 26 competing in Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, Maassen’s technical coaching alongside the regular fitness training is coupled with the chance to gain a free entry into the 2021 season. Winners also get the opportunity to attend the global Porsche Junior Shootout, the victors of which gain a seat on the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup grid.
Two drivers have also passed through the Porsche China Junior programme, which has been in operation since 2016.
Alessio Picariello: “I’ve always wanted to be part of a manufacturer programme and to represent Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific is an honour. Firstly, because Porsche isn’t just a brand, but the one you dream of racing with as a child in motorsport, and also Asia is very special to me. I’ve decided to take on this challenge and get out of my comfort zone because I know this programme can make me grow as a driver both on and off the track. I’ve done a few races in GT World Challenge Asia over the past three years, but this will be my first full season and my first time in a Pro line-up, and in a Porsche. My goal is to win races and to take home the first-place trophy at the end of the year.”
Alexandre Gibot, Head of Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific: “We’re very pleased to be continuing our driver development programmes for 2020, and we are confident in our decision to support Alessio. He has already demonstrated his skill in GT machinery and we are excited to see what he can do at the wheel of the Porsche 911 GT3 R this season. Combined with the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Talent Pool and Porsche China Junior programme, we are firmly committed to bringing plenty of talent through to the top levels of GT racing.”
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