The Junior Porsche Carrera Cup France 2024 is named Paul Cauhaupé. The Toulouse native succeeds Mathys Jaubert (TFT Racing) in the selection honors. At 18, he is about to embark on a new chapter in his career. While Alessandro Ghiretti defended the championship’s colors at the Porsche Junior Shoot-out, the Porsche Carrera Cup France was looking for its new representative.
As is the case every year, the Paul Ricard circuit was the stage for the selection. On November 13 and 14, eight pilots, chosen based on their records, competed to become Mathys Jaubert’s successor. The Junior PCCF 2023 ended his rookie season with honors. Indeed, the TFT Racing pilot secured two podiums overall and finished the rookie championship in second place.
This year, the candidates came from very different backgrounds: Paul Cauhaupé (GT4 European Series), Noé Da Cunha (Caterham Roadsport), Mathieu De Barbuat (LMP3), Marco Gerarduzzi (Porsche Sprint Challenge), Hugo Giraud (Karting), Tim Merieux (Alpine Elf Europa Cup), Mickaël Mota (Ligier JS Cup France), and Owen Tangavelou (FRECA).
For two days, the contenders went through various tests, including sports events, media training, but above all, driving. Behind the wheel of the Porsche 991 GT3 Cup Type 992, the pilots enjoyed multiple sessions on the northern part of the Castellet track. At the end of all these evaluations, Paul Cauhaupé caught the attention of the program’s management. Defeated last year, the 18-year-old now sees the doors of the PCCF open to him.
After a brief stint in karting, the Toulouse native entered motorsport by attending courses at a driving school in an F4, then joining the Mitjet International championship for two meetings. At only 16, Paul entered the Alpine ELF Europa Cup in 2022. In his first full season, he won three times and finished on the podium in the overall standings.
Promoted to the GT4 European Series last year, he is now preparing to discover the Porsche Carrera Cup France. His Junior status offers him personalized support with Porsche driver Patrick Pilet, a €40,000 pre-tax scholarship, a supply of Michelin tires, and the assistance of a partner Porsche Center. All that’s left for him is to hit the track!
Paul Cauhaupé, Junior Porsche Carrera Cup France 2024: “I am very proud to have been selected and happy that this year is the right one, as I had already participated last year. It’s the result of hard work. I prepared much more than in 2022. I am honored to join the Porsche family because it is my favorite brand. My childhood dream was to represent this manufacturer. I will give my best in this new adventure in the Porsche Carrera Cup France.”