Matt Campbell "super excited” after Red Bull deal
MOTOR RACING: Warwick driver Matt Campbell will join current V8 Supercars racing driver Shane van Gisbergen in the Red Bull Holden Racing Team for the 2017 Pirtek Enduro Cup.
Campbell, 21, will co-drive with van Gisbergen in the No.97 Holden Commodore VF.
"I feel very privileged and super excited to be part of the Red Bull Holden Racing Team,” Campbell said.
The enduro cup includes the greatest race in the land, the Bathurst 1000.
Last year, van Gisbergen was second at Bathurst but won the end-of-season title in the V8 Supercars.
van Gisbergen will be aiming to win his first Bathurst title this year. If they win, it will be a victory for Campbell in only his second start.
Last year, Campbell was co-driver with Todd Kelly in the enduro cup at the same time he scored an easy win in the battle for the Porsche Carrera Cup title.
The Warwick driver will debut this year in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercar series in Europe and the Americas but will take the opportunity during a break in the Porsche series to drive with van Gisbergen in the Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600.
He will drive the Porsche at Monza in Italy on September 3 and then compete in the enduro cup in Australia before returning to Europe for the trip to Mexico for the final round of the Porsche series at Monterrey on November 4.
"My priority focus this year will be the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercar Series as it goes across the whole year but being a co-driver in the enduro cup is a fantastic opportunity,” he said.
Campbell expects to get a couple of opportunities to drive the Holden in testing prior to Sandown.
"I will get some seat time in the Holden,” he said.
While Sandown will be his first opportunity in a major race driving a Holden, Campbell said he had driven some Holdens during his racing career.
When it comes to the real thing, he doesn't have a preference about the order of driving.
"It all depends on strategy, it is not a concern to me at all,” he said.
In a statement, Red Bull Holden Racing Team managing director Roland Dane reckons the 21-year-old from Warwick ticked all the boxes when it came to co-driving with van Gisbergen.
"We've been watching Matt for a while now and have been super impressed by his speed and maturity driving a range of different cars,” Dane said.
"The chance to have such a great young talent driving with us this year was too tempting to pass up. Plus he was Shane's number one choice and we try to give our drivers what they ask for.”
Campbell will co-drive van Gisbergen's Holden Commodore VF at the Sandown 500 on September 15-17, Bathurst 1000 on October 5-8 and the Gold Coast 600 on October 20-22.