Richard Muscat is packing his bags for an adventure of a lifetime – set to join countryman Nick Foster at next week’s Porsche Motorsport Junior Programme Shootout in Germany.
Foster was selected as Porsche Carrera Cup Australia’s nominee to attend the Shootout, which accepts one stand-out driver under 26 from each international Carrera Cup championship.
The Shootout also accepts two wildcard entries from any Carrera Cup or GT3 Cup Challenge series. Muscat’s impressive 2015 campaign made Porsche Motorsport take notice and hand the Melburnian a chance to take the prize – a place in the Porsche Junior programme and 200,000 Euros towards a 2016 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup drive.
The 2015 Shootout will be the first to host two Australians. Sam Power is the sole Australian to previously attend a Shootout (2014), while New Zealander Andre Heimgartner was the Carrera Cup Australia nominee in 2012.
“I really can’t believe I’ve been awarded this opportunity to represent Carrera Cup Australia alongside Nick. This will be the biggest opportunity of my career; the experience to work with Porsche Motorsport alone will be priceless for my development, both in and out of the race car,” said Muscat.
“I’ve been racing Porsches nearly my whole career so to be able to attend this Porsche Motorsport event in Germany is an absolute dream come true. It’s a big step forward to becoming a professional racing driver and I’m sure what I take from it will benefit me greatly in the future.”
The location of the 2015 Porsche Motorsport Junior Programme Shootout (October 05-06) remains under wraps.
Upon their return to Australia, Muscat and Foster to travel directly to Mount Panorama, Bathurst, for the penultimate round of the 2015 Carrera Cup Australia season (October 08-11).