This multi-talented young driver is making his mark in both worlds: real and virtual racing
If you haven’t heard of Ayhancan Güven yet, you should certainly catch up. Because this multi-talented young driver is making his mark in both worlds: real and virtual racing. Only on Saturday, he won the first race of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup at the Hockenheimring.
At just 24, he is already a two-time winner of the Porsche Carrera Cup France, emerging as champion in 2018 and 2019. He also won the FIA GT Nations Cup in 2018 (the precursor to the FIA Motorsport Games).
Güven has proven to be a serious opponent, not only in virtual racing. On a race weekend last year in September, he teared tearing up the Monza racetrack in two Porsche Carrera Cup races, where he took first and second place respectively. But there is more: On the same weekend he represented the Porsche E Sports Team in the Virtual Le Mans Series – coincidentally, simulating the same track – where he acquitted himself in this competitive Sim Racing event with his customary elan.
Online or offline; for Güven it’s all about the finish line. You might say racing is in his blood: his father also came from a racing background. At the tender age of four he got his first set of motorized wheels – a go-kart - and also participated in his first race simulations. He has immersed himself in racing, making his way from Porsche Junior to Porsche Factory Driver, currently living in Gronau, Germany where he shares a house with the VRS Coanda Simsport racing team. If anyone could be described as “never not racing,” Güven is the epitome of someone who truly lives to race.