James Wallis has been named as the 2024/2025 Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain Junior driver, clinching £85,000 towards his budget in each of the next two seasons as well as receiving a wealth of support and opportunities from the German manufacturer.
The 18-year-old – who started his career in the Junior Saloon Car Championship – was announced as the latest winner of what is arguably one of the most coveted prizes in UK motorsport at Porsche’s Night of Motorsport event on Saturday (November 11) night.
More than a dozen candidates were interviewed by series organisers in October before the competition was whittled down to a final four; with Joe Warhurst, Josh Rowledge and Tom Edgar joining Wallis on the shortlist.
At the start of November the quartet faced a range of driving, fitness and media assessments at Silverstone to determine who would follow in the footsteps of outgoing Junior driver Adam Smalley, who this year netted the Carrera Cup Great Britain title.
Wallis emerged as the standout candidate across all disciplines at the shootout to triumph and he is now set to embark on two consecutive campaigns in one of the leading categories on the British Touring Car Championship undercard.
“Creating our shortlist of four drivers to take part in our shootout was tougher than ever,” said Porsche GB motorsport manager James MacNaughton. “The finalists each performed with grit and determination on the day, justifying why they deserved their place.
“James nosed ahead of the competition and we’re excited to begin working with him. You only have to look to our most recent Porsche Carrera Cup GB Juniors to see evidence that the role has become a proven route to international motor racing success.
“I’m certain that James will thrive as he seeks to emulate those who have gone before him, representing Porsche both on and off the track over the next two years – we look forward to seeing him grow and progress.”