Newly-crowned Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup champion Adam Smalley has been named as the 2022/2023 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Junior driver.
The 20-year-old, who stormed to the Ginetta crown in his second season in the series, impressed during a closely-fought shootout day in early November to net what is widely considered to be one of the most coveted prizes in UK motorsport.
Over 50 drivers initially applied for the Junior prize before the competition was whittled down to four; Smalley, Gus Burton, Theo Edgerton and Alex Walker.
Smalley, who succeeds 2020 Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion Harry King, will benefit from £85,000 towards his budget in each of the next two Porsche Carrera Cup GB seasons as well as receiving a wealth of support and opportunities from Porsche.
James MacNaughton, Porsche GB Motorsport Manager, said: “The Junior programme is incredibly important to us, it is one of UK motorsport’s most coveted opportunities. Over 50 hopeful applicants sent their forms to us this year and that’s where our scrutiny started. We managed to whittle our shortlist down to 12 for the interview stage and, from there, selected four drivers to take part in our shootout event.
“All four drivers put in very impressive and determined performances on the day, proving to us that they really wanted to be the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Junior for the next two years. Our decision process was as difficult as always, but Adam emerged ahead. However, we’re certain that Gus, Theo and Alex are all capable of impressing in Porsche Carrera Cup GB and we hope they join the grid in future.
“The Porsche Carrera Cup GB Junior role has become a proven route to motor racing success on the international stage, I am confident that Adam will thrive as he sets out to replicate the success of his Porsche peers and to act as a Porsche GB ambassador. We’re certainly excited to help enhance Adam’s already exceptional skills both on and off the track during the next two years.”