Warwick driver confident in runup to Bathurst
MOTORSPORT: Warwick's international racing sensation Matt Campbell will compete in the United States this weekend before returning to Australia next week for the Bathurst 12 Hour.
Campbell has just returned to his base in Germany for his third year competing overseas.
His promotion to the two-car factory-supported team at Bathurst represents his now-acknowledged rising status at Porsche, where he is regarded as of their rising stars.
Campbell sees no reason his team can't win at Bathurst on February 3.
"We have been strong every other year and our ambitions are the same. This year in a factory-backed car, I'm in an even better position to go for an outright win,” he said.
"Having said that, a win at Bathurst in my home race in a factory-backed Porsche would be very special.”
But before he has the chance to race at Bathurst, he will make his first appearance in the famed 24 Hours of Daytona in the United States this weekend.
Though his schedule is gruelling, Campbell wouldn't have it any other way. The 23-year-old Australian is living in Germany and travelling the world as a Porsche Young Professional, racing in numerous GT championships and some of motorsport's most prestigious endurance events. And winning.
Campbell was a member of the Dempsey-Proton Racing team that claimed GTE-Am honours at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans and was also victorious in the following Barcelona 24 Hour race in a 911 GT3 R.
The Warwick driver also had his first taste of the Nurburgring 24 Hour event on the Nordschleife circuit and has three rounds remaining in the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship.
The 2019 Bathurst 12 Hour will be the start of Campbell's maiden Intercontinental GT Challenge campaign, named in Porsche's two-car squad to take on the 2019 season.
This career milestone comes just five years since the Queensland-raised racer entered the Porsche Motorsport Pyramid at its base Australian level - Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia.
Upon winning the 2014 Class B title in that series, he raced in Porsche Carrera Cup Australia for two seasons, winning in his second attempt and also claiming success in the 2016 Porsche Motorsport Junior Programme Shootout, placing him on the grid for the 2017 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season as a Porsche Junior.
Campbell finished third in that season and was promoted to a Porsche Young Professional and placed with Dempsey-Proton Racing in the 2018/19 FIA WEC along with select other endurance races.