Campbell set to race at Bathurst
MATT Campbell will reach the fastest speed during his promising motor racing career when he drives for the AMAC Motorsport team in the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour early next year.
He will be driving a Porsche 997 GT3 R at Bathurst along with co-drivers Andrew Macpherson and Brad Shiels on February 6-8.
The team is based in Sydney.
Campbell won B series in the Porsche GT3 Cup series this year and was then victorious in the last round of the A series at Phillip Island.
He was at Sydney Motorsport Park on Wednesday to test the car and will travel to Sydney for more testing before the race.
Campbell said the February race was all about strategy.
"There are minimum and maximum times for each driver to be in the car, it all depends on the day," he said.
He expects his team to reach speeds of 280km/hr on the straight at Bathurst, marginally faster than his previous fastest laps.
There are 53 teams nominated for the race, 35 are in A class like the AMAC team.
"With our class of car, we will have an opportunity to be near the front of the field in the battle for the outright lead," Campbell said.
"It will be really exciting for me to be competing in a field with many international drivers."
This year, he and co-driver Michael Hovey finished eighth at Highlands Motorsport Park in New Zealand in the final round of the Australian GT Championships
Away from racing, he is doing a builders apprenticeship under grandfather Bill Campbell.
While he is racing all around the nation and in New Zealand, Campbell still competes at Morgan Park Raceway and won a state championship this year.
World championship winner Will Power raced at Morgan Park as a junior and Campbell hopes to also make it to the professional ranks.