Absolute Racing is proud to welcome 16-year-old Chinese driver Daniel Lu into the team’s line up for the 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.
The youngest Porsche China Junior driver rejoins Absolute Racing after a successful debut season in the Formula Masters Asian Series, tagged as Asia’s premier Formula car championship.
The Shanghai native racer began his career in karting, where he quickly showed a natural talent by winning the Rotax Max Challenge China Junior category at the young age of 14. He moved up the ladder in 2017 with Absolute Racing, having taken 7 wins and 4 podiums, and the Formula Masters Asian Series vice-championship crown.
Lu’s huge talent was recognized and rewarded by being selected as the 2018 Porsche China Junior. The life-changing regional talent search saw nearly 300 of applicants narrowed down to just 7 finalists, with Lu emerging on top after a series of trials that tested the young talent’s driving ability, physical condition and personality.
On his Carrera Cup Asia rookie season, Lu will be competing in the highly competitive Overall Class.
Team Director, Fabien Fior, said, “It’s fantastic to have Daniel back with us. He showed us real commitment and strong results last season in single seaters. Everyone knows that the competition is tough in Carrera Cup Asia but we also know that he can take everything he’s learnt and continue with his great form to become a protagonist over the course of the upcoming season. He’s already been testing and making sure that he is well adapted to this new reality. It will be a steep learning curve to start with, but we’re expecting good things.”
“It’s is huge honour to be a Porsche China Junior driver and be part of the Porsche family. I will do my best to repay the confidence shown in me by Porsche China and am really looking forward to the 2018 season” commented Lu. “This year will also be my first year in GT cars. I realize I have a great deal to learn in a short period of time, but I am determined to get up to speed as fast as possible. The team’s Carrera Cup Asia results speak for themselves and I’m sure that the experience within the team will help me push on from the beginning.”
As has become the tradition, the season starts with a two-day official test at the Shanghai International Circuit on March 24-25. This year’s schedule features the return of popular stops in Shanghai, Fuji, Bangsaen, Sepang, and Singapore, as well as the series’ second visit to Sydney Motorsport Park in Australia.
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