Despite his young age, Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer knows exactly how to win titles: champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup France in 2017 and, since last year, the youngest class winner at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. This weekend, the 20-year-old Frenchman has added yet another trophy to his impressive collection: At Sunday’s race on the Sachsenring, Andlauer claimed the crown of the 2019 Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland.
Right from the outset, Andauer’s goal was clear. After two successful years in the French Carrera Cup, he set his sights on securing the title in the German one-make cup. Although the Carrera Cup season got off to a mediocre start, with a tenth and fifth place at Hockenheim, the clever youngster gradually worked his way up to the top of the field. After claiming second place at the Most racetrack in the Czech Republic, his breakthrough came with his first win at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. The talented Frenchman went on to score another four wins to secure the title at the final race weekend at the Sachsenring.
#CarreraCupDE – We have our champion! #Porsche Junior @JAndlauer wins the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. Congrats! pic.twitter.com/lxvQSbO3hO— Porsche Motorsport (@PorscheRaces) September 29, 2019
In the fight for the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland title, Andlauer first had to outshine two rivals: his seasoned teammate Michael Ammermüller and the tenacious young Dutchman Larry ten Voorde. Andlauer tackled his title mission with incredible energy. No matter whether the driver from Lyon was signing autographs or giving interviews in the Carrera Cup paddock, he almost always wore a friendly smile. Moreover, although the swift Frenchman demonstrated spirit on the racetrack, he always showed his fellow competitors respect. The Lechner driver impressively underlined this at race twelve at the Nürburgring when he went head-to-head with Ammermüller to the flag. Andlauer deftly fended off repeated attacks from his pursuer and ultimately won. However, instead of taking the limelight for himself as he climbed to the top of the podium, he immediately turned to his teammate Ammermüller, gave him a high-five, and thanked him for the fair duel.
Julien Andlauer has enjoyed motorsport from a young age. His father runs a kart track in Lyon. When he was six, young Andlauer climbed into a kart for the first time. He was immediately smitten. From the French Formula 4 he came to the Porsche Carrera Cup France in 2016. After claiming second place in the rookie category in his maiden season, he netted overall victory the following season. The reward: nomination for the Porsche Motorsport Junior Programme shootout. There, Andlauer impressed the organisers and was selected as a Porsche Junior – a milestone in his fledgling career. As part of the Porsche Motorsport Junior Programme, he receives support through driver coaching, fitness tests with individual training plans as well as psychological and media training. His latest success as the new champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland clearly shows that he has made very good use of the expert’s tips.
For the passionate boxing fan, a big dream has already come true: Joining forces with Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell, he won the GTE-Am class at the famous Le Mans 24 Hours in the Porsche 911 RSR. Nevertheless, the young race driver is still hungry for more. Andlauer will soon get the chance to notch up his next title: Parallel to his Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland commitments, he also contests the international Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, which runs as a support series to the Formula One World Championship. In the lead-up to the season finale in Mexico (25 to 27 October) he currently ranks third. With 40 points still up for grabs, he trails the leader Ammermüller by 18 points. Andlauer would be more than happy to add another trophy to his collection.