The time has come for Matt Campbell to shine
MOTOR SPORT: Warwick's great white hope in the pinnacle event of the V8 Supercar season is on track for a big showing in tomorrow's main event.
Matt Campbell, of the Red Bull Holden Racing Australia team, racing under the Triple Eight banner, recorded the 16th fastest lap among co-drivers yesterday morning.
His time of 02:06.7123 was just 1.3755 seconds slower than Dean Canto of The Bottle-O Racing Team in his Ford Falcon.
Yesterday's showing is a big improvement on Thursday's practice session, where Campbell finished 23rd in the practice stage, with a fastest time of 02:08.6662.
Slashing almost two seconds off his time and bridging the gap between himself and Canto will do the young driver's confidence the world of good, heading into the 161-lap marathon.
Campbell will co-pilot with Shane van Gisbergen, last year's V8 Supercars championship winner.
In yesterday's qualifying session, van Gisbergen recorded the seventh fastest lap, with a time of 02:05.0224, just 0.7971 seconds off fastest qualifier Scott McLaughlin.
The qualifying time caps off a revamped Friday for van Gisbergen, after recording times well down the leaderboard on Thursday.
In the first of the three enduro races at Sandown, Campbell and van Gisbergen finished 15th.
Despite failing to finish with partner Todd Kelly in his first Bathurst 1000, Campbell will be buoyed by a superb racing season to date, including claiming two wins in the Porsche Supercup overseas.
Campbell and van Gisbergen remain on the third line of betting for the big race with UBET.
They are currently $7 behind favourites McLaughlin and Alexandre Premat.
Matt Campbell and Shane van Gisbergen tackle the might of the Mount Panorama track tomorrow.
The 161-lap Bathurst 1000 commences at 11.10am.