Warwick driver well up in series after last round at Le Mans
MOTORSPORT: Warwick driver Matt Campbell and his Porsche 911 RSR#77 team have finished second in class in the 2018-2019 FIA World Endurance Championships.
They finished fifth in the GTE Am class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the weekend after being second at the halfway mark.
After being confirmed as runners-up, Campbell told Porsche officials the team wanted to win but ended up fifth.
"It's not ideal, but that's just the way it is at Le Mans. The competition is intense, the rivals are incredibly strong and the race is very demanding. The effort in making it to the finish under such circumstances definitely deserves high respect.”
For much of the season, Campbell and his team were in the top-two in class in the World Endurance Championships.
This year's 24 Hours of Le Mans was the second for Campbell who was part of the winning team in class last year.
A Porsche spokesman said Campbell and his team would have won in class except for a penalty for some technical issues with the car in earlier rounds.
Andy McElrea from McElrea Racing has been involved with Campbell from when the Warwick driver was in a McElrea racing car in the Porsche Carrera Cup in Australia.
He was McElrea's first individual winner in a Carrera Cup series in Australia and also part of a winning team.
McElrea said Campbell was not doing himself any harm in the Porsche system with his success.
"There are some date clashes between events overseas and the V8 Supercar Enduro Series in Australia, so it is unlikely Matt will compete in the enduro series in Australia this year,” McElrea said.
"Winning Bathurst 12 Hour to start the season was a major boost to his career.”
Campbell has twice competed in the Australian enduro series of three rounds, Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600.
He has won a Warwick Credit Union/Daily News Senior Sports Star of the Year award and was joint winner in another year.
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