New Zealand Porsche motor racing driver Jono Lester will make his debut in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup at the final round of the 2010 championship, to be contested at the Monza circuit in Italy on the 9th to 12th of September.

The 20-year old GT3 Cup Challenge regular has been invited by Porsche AG to compete in their Guest Car at the Italian Grand Prix, on the back of the Porsche Motorsport Talent Scholarship he was awarded in February.

“To join the ranks of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup is reward enough for the efforts we have all put in over the last 18-months,” Lester said. “But to do so at Monza – one of the fastest circuits on the calendar, so rich in motorsport history and with the atmosphere generated by the Tifosi – that’s just something else!”

Lester has spent time testing with the championship-leading Lechner Racing team throughout Europe and the Middle East over the last 18-months, but hasn’t competed in a motor race since the 2009 Hamilton 400.

“I’m chomping at the bit. Hamilton was a long time ago, but in hindsight it was the best thing for me as a driver.

“I’ve had time to re-evaluate myself, my attitude, my approach to my racing; and the relationship I’ve forged with the Lechner Racing Team is one that I value really highly.”

Acclimatising to a new harder compound tyre being used in the Supercup in 2010 will be an important factor in the single 45-minute Official Practice session at Monza, however Lester is not unfamiliar to the new 2010-spec 911 GT3 having driven the car in Bahrain and Italy previously.

“I’m ready for Monza. I’m as ready as I ever will be. We are going over there with a job to do. I’m motivated, but I don’t expect to win or be on the podium. I have a realistic set of goals which I’ll keep to myself. And if I achieve them, you’ll see it in the big grin on my face!”

Other guest starters for the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup this year include 2009 Formula Le Mans champion Nico Verdonck, and Mathias Lauda, son of three time Formula One World Champion, Niki Lauda.