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Campbell in record territory again

Matt Campbell breaks a GT practice record at Mt Panorama, Bathurst.
Matt Campbell breaks a GT practice record at Mt Panorama, Bathurst. Darin Mandy/Digital Realism

UPDATE: Warwick driver Matt Campbell can take plenty of positives out of his second 12 Hour race weekend at Mt Panorama at Bathurst.

He set a GT practice record on Saturday before losing the record later in the day. It was his first record this year after setting some in 2015.

Campbell was driving the Objective Racing team McLaren and set a 2 minutes, 2.287 seconds time.

Unfortunately, Campbell didn't get a chance on Sunday as the team withdrew after Warren Luff scrapped a wall when in second place.

At the time, it was announced Campbell had the new record at Bathurst, faster than all comers other than the Formula 1s which are considered separately.

Campbell only held the GT record until official qualifying when Luff put the team third on the grid.

Shane van Gisbergen from the Tekno Autosports finished qualifying with the record when he was .554 of a second better than the second fastest.

The cars being driven in the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour in the past three days are three to four seconds faster per lap that the V8 Supercars.

Warwick driver Matt Campbell sets a new GT practice record at Bathurst only to lose the record later in the weekend.
Warwick driver Matt Campbell sets a new GT practice record at Bathurst only to lose the record later in the weekend. Darin Mandy/Digital Realism

EARLIER: MATT Campbell's dream of a podium finish in the Bathurst 12 Hour is over after the Objective Racing car withdrew after two hours of the race.

Warren Luff was the fastest of the team drivers in qualifying and the team was third on the grid at the start before daylight today at Bathurst.

After two hours, Objective Racing was second behind the Tekno Autosports team which is led by Shane van Gisbergen who set a new record on Saturday to qualify first.

Luff was at the wheel when the Objective Racing car scrapped a wall and was damaged enough to bring the car to a standstill a few hundred metres down the track.

The safety car was on track as Luff and the car were towed to the pits but the needed repairs were too much to get the car back on the track to mix it with the best.

While changes to the order of drivers can be made at any time, the rumour was that Campbell, the young gun from Warwick, was going to be fourth driver and finish the race.

It was Campbell's second appearance in the major endurance event in Australian motorsport.

Matt Campbell shows the style which enabled him to set a new GT practice record at Bathurst in the run up to the 12 Hour race.
Matt Campbell shows the style which enabled him to set a new GT practice record at Bathurst in the run up to the 12 Hour race. Darin Mandy/Digital Realism

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