Autosport Young Driver of the Year Award finalist, Simon Pullan will compete in two rounds of the 2002 Michelin Porsche Cup thanks to Autosport Magazine and Porsche Cars GB. Pullan, 19, will campaign a Parr Motorsport prepared GT3 Cup car as ...
Autosport Young Driver of the Year Award finalist, Simon Pullan will compete in two rounds of the 2002 Michelin Porsche Cup thanks to Autosport Magazine and Porsche Cars GB.
Pullan, 19, will campaign a Parr Motorsport prepared GT3 Cup car as a follow-up to his Young Driver award nomination." I'm very excited and honoured to have been given this opportunity as I've never driven a Porsche before. Both Porsche Cars GB and Autosport Magazine have worked hard to ensure that each of the Young Driver finalists have the opportunity to race in the GT3 Cup. This is a series I've considered in the past so I'm really looking forward to getting into the car and putting it through its paces."
With 380HP the 911 GT3 Cup is the most powerful racing car in the history of Porsche's single marque series. Despite the many differences between his usual British GT-spec TVR Tuscan R and the GT3, Pullan is confident of a strong showing." Although the Porsche and TVR are both sportscars, I fully expect that they will be very different beasts," he explains.
"The most obvious difference is that the TVR is right hand drive whereas the Porsche is left hand drive. More significantly, the Michelin Cup regulations allow for ABS brakes prohibited in GT Racing. The TVR also has a sequential gearbox and of course, the position of the engine varies. Having said that, they both have four wheels and a steering wheel so I should be able to make either go quickly.
"The first time I sit in the car will be on the official test day prior to my allocated round but I don't envisage any problems in adapting to the GT3. I don't see my lack of Porsche racing experience as a disadvantage, it just makes it all the more exciting.
"I'll definitely be going for victory although there are some very experienced Porsche racers in the championship so I don't expect it to be easy. The plan is to take the fight to the regulars and enjoy what I'm sure will be a fantastic experience."
The 2002 Michelin Porsche Cup will support the British Touring Car Championship. The eleven calendar series also includes a three-day international event, to be held at Spa-Francorchamps May 17,18,19.
Simon Pullan will dovetail his Porsche GT3 Cup outings with a full quota of events in the British GT Championship. The season begins at Brands Hatch, April 1.