Up-and-coming sports car racer Matt Campbell will display his talents on the main stage this year when joining the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia championship.
The 19-year-old raced a sensational debut season in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia series last year, winning Class B with one round remaining. Campbell then swapped his Class B Porsche for an outright Class A contender in the season finale and clean swept the Phillip Island event.
Campbell will now graduate to the top-level Porsche championship with the opportunity to race at the largest motorsport events in the country, campaigning the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car driven by Warren Luff last season.
“To be able to race in the Porsche Carrera Cup championship is a truly amazing opportunity for me. I’ve followed the championship closely for many years and admired the talents of the top drivers. It will now be surreal to line up against these drivers on the Carrera Cup grid,” said Campbell.
“I felt very comfortable in the Porsche by the end of last season. Moving into the 991 GT3 Cup car will be another big challenge but hopefully one made easier with tuition from Warren Luff throughout the season. I’m not expecting to be at the front straight away though hopefully I can move in that direction throughout the season.
“This opportunity wouldn’t be possible without McElrea Racing and my supporters Michael Hovey and John and Ruth Graham from Phase 8. I’ll try to repay them the best I can with promising results on the race track.”
For Porsche Cars Australia, Campbell’s inclusion to Carrera Cup is another demonstration of the Porsche Motorsport Pyramid promoting the careers of young, talented drivers, according to its Motorsport Manager, Kurt Sakzewski.
“Matt’s addition to the Carrera Cup field in 2015 is exciting for Porsche. Matt displayed immense talent in the 2014 GT3 Cup Challenge series and now he will be able to show his pace on a completely level playing field,” said Sakzewski.
“The advantage for young drivers in Porsche one-make series is they can display their talents against some of the best in the business, using drivers like Steven Richards and Craig Baird as their benchmark. You will stand out if you can compete with these front-runners.
“We will also again send the best youngster to Europe as a nominee for the Porsche International Cup Scholarship in 2015. There are many young drivers eligible this season so it will be great to see this battle play out throughout the season.”
As the 2014 Class B GT3 Cup Challenge Australia champion, Campbell’s addition to the 2015 Carrera Cup line-up follows the confirmation of reigning Class A and outright champion Fraser Ross to the Porsche championship along with former champions Richard Muscat and Roger Lago.