Matt makes light work of winning
THE lighter the driver, the faster the car or so it seems in motor racing.
Sixteen-year-old Warwick State High School student Matt Campbell will drive the Formula 2 of Brisbane driver Frank Marshall in the Queensland Historic Race Meeting at Morgan Park Raceway on July 30-31.
Marshall usually drives the car but expects Campbell to drive it a lot faster next weekend.
“I am 90 kilograms in weight and I do laps at Morgan Park Raceway in one minute, eight seconds, and Matt weighs 44 kilograms and does laps in one minute, three seconds,” Marshall said.
As well as having weight on his side, Marshall is in awe of the ability of the young Warwick driver who is 54 years his junior.
“Matt can certainly drive and is the most level-headed young fellow I have come across in a long time,” Marshall said.
Campbell has represented Darling Downs on four occasions in hockey as a fullback, including this year’s Queensland Secondary Schoolboys Championships at Colmslio where his team came seventh.
But he has no doubt he prefers motor racing, a sport where there is plenty of family tradition.
“I am aiming to make the big time in the sport and am happy with my progress so far,” Campbell said.
In June, he won a round of the Queensland championships in a Formula Ford at Lakeside so is in winning mode.
Campbell expects to better 200 km/hr down the straight next weekend.
Marshall has a best of 258kmh at Eastern Creek in Sydney but it is not possible to go anywhere near that speed on the shorter straights at Morgan Park Raceway.
He is one of many motor racing enthusiasts who return to the sport in their 50s and 60s.
“I raced in my twenties and then gave the sport away until 10 years ago,” Marshall said.
More than 230 historic competition cars from all Eastern States and South Australia have entered the 34th Historic Queensland meeting.
Racing will be on the long 3km circuit and lap records are expected to tumble.
The meeting includes a 40-event packed program, featuring 1926 AC Amilcar to 50’s – 80’s sports and touring cars including Bathurst cars.
Then there is the formula and sports racing of the 50’s to 80’s era, all with racing history.
Gates open at 7.30am and close at 5.30pm on July 30 with qualifying and racing on the day.
Racing is from 9am to 3.30pm on the Sunday.