Supercup planning in Europe hots up for Warwick driver
MOTORSPORT: Warwick driver Matt Campbell expects to drive at the highest speeds of his career in this season's Porsche series in Europe and the Americas.
The Warwick driver won last year's Porsche Motorsport Junior Program Shootout to secure a sponsored drive in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup this year. The best young drivers from nine series around the world were tested in Germany to determine the shootout winner.
"The cars we will drive this season are still in production,” Campbell said.
"The Porsche racing cars in Europe have a bigger engine than the ones we drive in Australia, so the speeds will be greater.
"Most of the tracks in Europe are generally longer and wider than in Australia so the speeds are faster.”
The first of eight Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup rounds is in Barcelona in May and the last in Mexico in November.
There will be one supercup race during five of the rounds and two during three rounds, including Mexico.
Each of the supercup rounds will be held on the same program as a round of Formula One.
Campbell completed a builder's apprenticeship in Warwick under his grandfather, the late Bill Campbell, almost two years ago, but at present his main focus is on organising his first season in the supercar series.
"I am working on a lot of the protocols for the Porsche series. I will be based in Europe and part of a team in the Porsche Motor 1 Supercup series,” he said.
Last year, Campbell was a runaway winner in the Porsche Carrera Cup, the first individual driver from the McElrea Racing team to win the cup. Campbell also debuted in the V8 Supercars in a Nissan with Todd Kelly in three rounds. He is yet to move to Europe.