Australian racing prodigy Matt Campbell has furthered his international career by securing full-time drives in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the European Le Mans Series for 2018.
The identity of the 22-year-old’s teammates are still be confirmed in either series, however Campbell will head into the upcoming season knowing his race future is secure.
The upcoming World Endurance Championship season will run to a winter schedule for the first time in its history, starting in May 2018 and concluding in June 2019 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The championship will include both the 2018 and 2019 running of the epic endurance race.
Happy to announce my further plans for season 2018! I will be joining @ProtonRacing in both the @FIAWEC & @EuropeanLMS in the new @PorscheRaces #RSR 😍 #88 Not to mention making my debut @24hoursoflemans 🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/bH3psbwvyQ
— Matt Campbell (@mattcampbell22_) February 11, 2018
Both drives will be with the German-based Proton Competition team – the WEC outfit it co-owned by Hollywood actor and occasional racer Patrick Dempsey.
The Queenslander will work the track in the 2017 released 4-litre, flat-6 Porsche 911 RSR, an upgrade to the 911 GT3 Cup car he raced last year in the Porsche Supercup series.
Campbell’s association with Porsche stretches back to his late teens when he debuted in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia, going on to win the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia championship in 2016. His international racing debut came n the following year in the Porsche Supercup championship, which plays a supporting role to a select number of Formula 1 Grands Prix.
He is a strong prospect for 2018 after a successful rookie campaign in Porsche Supercup. Campbell notched up an equal season-high four race wins at the Red Bull Ring, Autodromo Nazionale Monza and Mexico City (twice) en route to finishing third overall in the Drivers’ Championship standings.
Campbell and his co-drivers Patrick Long, Alex Davison and David Calvert-Jones finished fourth overall – and second in the Pro-Am class – in the Bathurst 12 Hour held in early February (pictured top).
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