Warwick driver ready for world's most famous race
MOTORSPORT: In the past two years, Warwick motorsport fans have been in awe of how young driver Matt Campbell has shown so much class at two Bathurst 1000s.
But that will pale into the background this weekend when Campbell drives in the greatest motoring event in the world, the Le Mans 24 Hour, in France.
He had success in two different Porsche classes in Australia and then was one of two Porsche Young Professionals specifically on scholarships in last year's Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Series in Europe and the Americas where he finished third.
Campbell will be a factory Porsche driver this weekend in a team of three drivers from Australia, France and Germany. He will race in the Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR team.
When back in Warwick early in the year, Campbell told the Daily News his major emphasis this year would be on endurance races.
Earlier in the European season, Campbell competed in the Nürburgring 24 Hours race in the Eifel.
He showed strong pace in his Nürburgring debut with 11th spot in Germany. His car was in the top 10 at times during the race which was held in front of more than 200,000 fans.
Now he is ready for his first Le Mans 24 Hour race.
Campbell has already driven well on the 13.6km track, a complex which is a far cry from his Formula Ford days at Morgan Park Raceway on a 3km track which his grandfather, the late Bill Campbell, was very involved in establishing.
Earlier this year, Campbell won the $1000 first prize in the Daily News/Warwick Credit Union Senior Sports Star of the Year award. He won a monthly award while still living in Warwick early last year before he moved to Germany. He drove in the enduro V8 races with 2016 champion Shane van Gisbergen last year.