Now in its 13th year, this year's pre-season Porsche Fitness camp included the Porsche GT and junior pilots for 8 days of intense training in preparation for the 2015 motorsport season.
Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Frank Mayer, from the university of Potsdam, at the Porsche Fitness camp in Doha (Qatar) were GT factory drivers Earl Bamber (24), Jörg Bergmeister (38), Michael Christensen (24), Wolf Henzler (39), Richard Lietz (31), Fred Mako (34), Patrick Pilet (33) and Nick Tandy (30). In addition to the factory drivers, Porsche Juniors Connor de Phillippi (22) and Sven Müller (23), as well as Porsche Cup Scholar Matteo Cairoli (18), took part in the program that focused on team building as much as it did fitness. Patrick Long was the only factory GT driver who could not attend due to his commitments with the 12 hour race in Bathurst (Australia).
Not only did the drivers perform six hours of fitness training every day, they participated in exercises and events that focused on team building.
In addition to power and endurance training, the fitness schedule also included various exercises to improve speed, flexibility and coordination.
“All drivers have stuck to the individual training plans that my team at Potsdam University put together last November. Without exception, they have all arrived at our fitness camp very well prepared. Even the new Porsche works drivers and junior pilots are at an excellent level of fitness,” said Prof. Dr. Mayer.
“The training conditions here in Doha are ideal. The warm weather minimizes the risk of injury and the sports complex that we’re using is impressive,” says Jörg Bergmeister.
The Aspire Zone, where Porsche held this year's camp, built on the occasion of the 2006 Asian Games, enjoys huge popularity as a training facility with the German national football team and other clubs such as FC Bayern Munich and Red Bull Salzburg.
“This is the perfect place to prepare ourselves mentally and physically for the upcoming season. You can feel a noticeable boost in fitness,” added Patrick Pilet. “The atmosphere here is great. It’s fantastic that the young drivers are here with us. After eight days together you really feel like a team.”
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