Ayhancan Güven will contest the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup next year as a Porsche Junior, with the 21-year-old Turkish driver having been selected as the latest driver to enter the German manufacturer’s driver development program.
Güven, who won this year’s Porsche Carrera Cup France, was among 12 drivers, each nominated by their respective Porsche single-make series, that took part in a three-day selection process at Portimao earlier this month.
While having started off in karting, Güven switched to sim racing until the age of 17 where he won several races in Turkey before taking 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.
He also took part in his rookie season of Supercup competition this year, finishing runner-up to Michael Ammermüller.
Güven said it was a “great honor” to just take part in the selection process, let alone being selected as the next Porsche Junior.
“When I received the news that I was chosen as the new Porsche Junior I was absolutely thrilled,” he said. “Being a Porsche Junior is a dream come true.
“From a very young age I’ve always wanted to win. Coming out on top at the shootout is the greatest victory of my life. I’d like to thank Porsche for the confidence they’ve placed in me.”
“For Porsche, it is important to recognize the talents and abilities of drivers and to assist them,” said Head of Porsche Motorsport Fritz Enzinger.
“The competition in the national one-make cup series is high. This was evident in the shootout and underlines how strongly we are positioned in motorsport.”
Güven will join Jaxon Evans, who has been retained as a Porsche Junior for a second consecutive season.
The factory status of 2018 Le Mans GTE-Am class winner Julien Andlauer, who finished third in the Supercup standings this year and was part of Dempsey-Proton Racing’s lineup in the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship season, is unclear.