Porsche eyeing Seb’s life in the fast lane

SEB PRIAULX hopes to pave his way to ‘something quite special’ by winning the inaugural Porsche Carrera Cup North America.

(Picture by Tony Curr, 29474447)
(Picture by Tony Curr, 29474447)

Priaulx showed great promise by winning one of two races at Sebring last month and is now gearing up for the second championship event, taking place in Texas next week.

But where does the Kelly-Moss Road and Race driver see his latest motoring venture taking him?

Before heading out yesterday, he admitted that becoming a Porsche factory driver is a medium-term ambition, and his results in the eight-event championship will play a big part in that.

‘I’ve got to finish well, no DNFs, that’s my aim – and just to be an absolute professional driver all year and make no mistakes,’ the 20-year-old said.

‘If I do really well, this could take me to being a Porsche factory driver.

‘I love Multimatic... but if Porsche want me, I’ll see what Multimatic think.

‘At the moment Porsche are looking at me a lot, so if I do well, that could do something quite special.’

Priaulx also called the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car a ‘totally different ball game’ compared with his previous GT4 drives.

‘More downforce, more grip, everything. The GT4’s a little bit heavier and not as quick, so this car is just every bit better.’

Of course, he derived great pride from winning the very first race of the world-established Carrera Cup series to unfold in the USA.

‘That was a nice, sweet feeling – it’s worth the work, you know,’ he added.

‘Being away from home is not easy, but that’s part of the life, really. Unfortunately it is hard at the moment, due to the Guernsey restrictions, to be able to come home and see my family.

‘Racing is a lonely business... but overall, my job is what I have to do.’

Ahead of more hard graft at Circuit of the Americas, starting on 29 April, he added: ‘This is the fast lane. I’m jetting off to Dallas, Texas, Austin, and coming from a small island like Guernsey, it feels weird.’ ‘I’d never really thought I’d be doing all that stuff, but I’m really looking forward to it.’

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