Newly crowned Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup champion Sven Mueller has been named a Porsche factory driver, with three fellow Juniors also receiving promotions for next year.
The 24-year-old German, who scored three wins and four podium finishes in Supercup competition this year, as well as claiming the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany title, will step up to the factory ranks, likely at the wheel of the new mid-engined Porsche 911 RSR.
Mueller’s 2017 program is expected to be confirmed during Porsche’s end-of-season awards night next weekend, along with the remainder of the increased factory lineup that will likely include Laurens Vanthoor and Dirk Werner.
Porsche Juniors Matteo Cairoli and Mathieu Jaminet, meanwhile, will become “Young Professionals” in 2017, with 20-year-old Dennis Olsen moving from Carrera Cup Germany to Porsche Supercup next year.
“We are very happy with the way our Porsche juniors are developing,” said Head of Porsche Motorsports Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser.
“This is why we offer them every chance to gain a foothold in professional motor racing. It is obvious that the Porsche one make race series are the ideal launching platform for talented youngsters.”
The German manufacturer will return to full-season FIA World Endurance Championship competition next year, with a two-car GTE-Pro effort entered by Manthey, alongside its CORE autosport-run works program in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.