Warwick driver signs autographs at world's biggest race
WARWICK driver Matt Campbell is in a racing car named after American actor Patrick Dempsey in the world's greatest motorsport event, the Le Mans 24 Hour, in France this weekend.
He is one of three drivers in the #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR.
The team is supported by Dempsey, hence the team name. They finished the official pre-event test day earlier this month fastest in their GTE-Am class.
Matt has always had strong family support from Warwick.
He has three great-uncles and one great-aunt in Warwick as well as his immediate family.
Great-uncle Bob Campbell said the family was extremely proud of the achievements of the Warwick driver.
"He has been keen to make it in motorsport since his early teens," Bob said.
"Matt is prepared to put in all the time that is needed to give himself a 101 per cent go.
"Once he became a professional driver, it was on the cards that he would be in the endurance races in Europe.
"I get a lot of questions about what Matt is up to but I don't have all the answers as his career is quickly going from strength to strength."
Matt went to Warwick West State School and Warwick State High School, where he was a top sportsman.
Scott Thompson taught Matt at Warwick High and remembered him as a good student and classy hockey player.
"There is only an under-19 team secondary school hockey team and Matt was good enough to trial for the team at age 13 even though I think he didn't make the regional team 'til the following year," he said.
Thompson remembered seeing the great hand-eye co-ordination of the Warwick driver in high school hockey.
"Matt also has such a cool temperament," he said.
Porsche tackles the 86th Le Mans 24 Hour with 10 factory and customer teams in the largest GT works contingent in the history of the company.