Campbell zooms past leader to secure first win in series
MOTORSPORT: Warwick driver Matt Campbell has secured his first win in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championships.
Campbell competed at the weekend with Canadian driver Zach Robichon.
Due to his commitments overseas, Campbell won't return to Australia this year for the three endurance races in the Supercars.
Campbell and Robichon drove for Pfaff Motorsports in recording their first victory in the GTD class at the Road America circuit near Elkhart Lake in Wisconsin in the United States.
The pair joined together in a two hour, 40 minute, race to power the Porsche 911 GT3 R to a victory in a field of 15. Campbell is a Porsche Young Professional after first making his name in the Porsche Carrera Cup in Australia.
Campbell and Robichon put in flawless drives to beat their 14 rivals. Porsche Young Professional Dennis Olsen (Norway), and Anthony Imperato (USA), achieved eighth place for Wright Motorsports.
The next round of the IMSA will be on August 23-25 at the Virginia International Raceway in the United States.
After the win, Campbell told Porsche officials he was thrilled to record his first win in the championships.
"That was a really tough win,” he said.
"Zach did a fantastic job and put us in second place during his first stint. After I overtook the Lamborghini and moved into the lead, I had to conserve fuel yet still maintain my advantage.
"We did it. Our Porsche 911 GT3 R was perfectly setup for the track. Now it's time to celebrate.”
His mother Angie Campbell said she was very proud of what her son was achieving in Europe and America.
"He is very happy with how things are going,” she said.
"Matt is really busy and I am not sure when he will be next home. He is still based at Stuttgart in Germany.”
Earlier this year, Angie and Matt's aunt T.C. Campbell headed to Europe for two 24-hour races, one at Le Mans in France and the other at Nurburgring in Germany.
"There were three drivers for each car at Le Mans and four at Nurburgring,”
"It is a long day and night at a 24-hour race, we don't see much of him during the event.”
GTD class: 1. Campbell/Robichon (AUS/CDN), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 75 laps; 2. Sellers/Lewis (USA/USA), Lamborghini Huracan GT3, 74 laps; 3. Foley/Auberlen (USA/USA), BMW M6 GT3, 74 laps.