Australian Matt Campbell has made the step up to the World Endurance Championship with the Dempsey – Proton Racing team having raced in Porsche Supercup last year. He has made an immediate impact in the championship with class pole at Spa.
“Practice was good – we made lots of progress. In Practice 1 we really weren’t happy with the car. We have made a lot of changes moving forward and now we are comfortable in the car.”
It has been a rapid rise for Campbell who cut his teeth racing Porsches in Australia, winning the Carrera Cup and the second tier series before moving to Europe with Porsche.
“The transition has been easier than I thought. It has been a big step but not as bad as I thought. Jumping in you can feel confident straight away and get up to speed…we have been really happy with the progress.
“It has been quite a fast stepping stone from Australia. I have only been in Europe fro about 12 months stepping up from the Supercup. There have been a lot of changes in my life and career very quickly but I am loving every minute of it.”
Coming into the 2018-19 season there has been a lot of change for the FIA WEC – given the Superseason, the new cars in the GTEAm category that Campbell finds himself in.
“It has been a good time to come into the Championship – there are a lot of new things. It has made the transition a lot easier for myself.”
“Coming into the team, I have been getting along with Christian (Reid) and Julian (Andlauer) and the (Proton-Dempsay) team. Been having a lot of fun with them.”
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Words by Sam Tickell, May 2018
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