Porsche’s squad of factory GT drivers have gone through a rigorous eight-day training regime in preparation for the 2015 season. The Porsche Fitness Camp in Doha (Qatar) included daily six-hour training sessions, but the drivers’ ability to work as part of a team was also under scrutiny.
This is the 13th time the Porsche Fitness Camp has taken place in preparation for the motor racing season. Porsche factory drivers Earl Bamber, Jörg Bergmeister, Michael Christensen, Wolf Henzler, Richard Lietz, Patrick Pilet, Fred Makowiecki and Nick Tandy were joined by junior drivers Sven Müller, Connor de Phillippi and Porsche Cup Scholarship winner Matteo Cairoli in an intensive week of training under the stewardship of Dr Frank Mayer. Aside from power and endurance training, the focus was also on improving reaction speed, flexibility and coordination.
Porsche motorsport boss Dr Frank Steffen Walliser also took time to take part in the fitness camp for the final three days. Together with the drivers, Walliser completed all the required exercises and helped the team bond as a unit. “I had the opportunity to see first-hand how fit our drivers are,” he said in a subsequent interview with Porsche. “There’s a fantastic team sprit here, and it’s all part of our preparations for the new season.”
Source: Porsche press release