Campbell edges Slade in Pro-Am practice

Campbell and Emery topped their respective sessions

Campbell and Emery topped their respective sessions

Carrera Cup young gun Matt Campbell edged V8 Supercars star Tim Slade for the quickest time in Friday practice at Porsche’s Rennsport Pro-Am.

The day saw three 30 minute practice sessions, with the morning’s all-in hit-out followed by separate running for the Amateurs and then Professionals.

Twenty-one-year-old Campbell proved the quickest of the Pros in the final session, clocking a 1:30.41s to displace Dean Fiore from the top of the order by 0.5s with 10 minutes remaining.

Slade was the best of the late improvers, falling just 0.07s adrift of the McElrea Racing driver in second.

David Wall, Steven Richards and Nick McBride also logged late flyers to bump Fiore to an eventual sixth.

Shane van Gisbergen, David Reynolds, Alex Davison and Garth Tander completed the top 10, with Nick Percat 11th.

Promisingly for Campbell and Slade, their respective co-drivers Geoff Emery and Adrian Mastronardo recorded the two quickest times in the Am session.

The duo was followed by James Bergmuller (co-driving with Tander), Tony Bates (with Reynolds) and Shane Smollen (with Percat).

Campbell ended the day highly encouraged by the speed shown by both himself and Emery.

“These cars suit this track so well, I’m really enjoying it and already looking forward to qualifying,” he said.

“With the format this weekend it’s going to be a real team effort and Geoff is doing a fantastic job. I couldn’t have a better bloke sharing the car with me.”

Both sessions saw a mix of pre-marked and brand new rubber on track, with several electing to give fresh tyres to the Ams rather than saving them for the final session.

“The new set of bags gives about 1.5 seconds around here, which we saw with Sladey when he put his tyres on,” explained Lee Holdsworth, who ended up 16th aboard Stephen Grove’s entry.

“We were running on the set that Stephen ran his session on, so we’re not too stressed. I’m looking forward to the new tyre tomorrow.”

Practice 1 pace-setter Ash Walsh ended up down in 19th thanks to trouble with his Bob Jane T-Marts entry.

“We had an issue where the engine was just dying under brakes,” he said.

“We went to do a run on greens but couldn’t put a time in with the problem.”

Separate qualifying sessions will be held tomorrow for the Pro and Am drivers, with the aggregate times used to determine the grid for the opening 60 minute race.

Result: Porsche Carrera Cup Australia – Practice 3- Pro Drivers

1 Nuveau Constructions / Phase 8 Matt Campbell (QLD) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:30.4099
2 TOGA/Veritas Property Group Tim Slade Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:30.4809 00.0710
3 Wilson Security/PAYCE David Wall (NSW) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:30.4884 00.0785
4 Laser Plumbing and Electrical Steven Richards (VIC) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:30.8801 00.4702
5 Bob Jane T-Marts Nick McBride (VIC) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:30.8899 00.4800
6 Saint/Porsche Centre Melbourne Dean Fiore (WA) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:30.8966 00.4867
7 Scott Taylor Motorsport Shane Van Gisbergen Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:30.9494 00.5395
8 Moveitnet / A.F.S David Reynolds Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:31.0023 00.5924
9 Wilson Parking Alex Davison (QLD) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:31.0340 00.6241
10 Garth Tander (VIC) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:31.0422 00.6323
11 McGrath Estate Agents Nick Percat (VIC) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:31.1877 00.7778
12 Commercial Interior Projects Garth Walden (NSW) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:31.1914 00.7815
13 360fly Fraser Ross (VIC) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:31.1953 00.7854
14 Allstar Equipment / Dexion Sup Dylan O’Keeffe (VIC) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:31.3870 00.9771
15 Stone’s Original Michael Almond (SA) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:31.6053 01.1954
16 Grove Hire Lee Holdsworth Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:31.6765 01.2666
17 Darrell Lea STIX Duvashen Padayachee NSW Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:31.8290 01.4191
18 Hallmarc Michael Caruso Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:31.8320 01.4221
19 Bob Jane T-Marts / Infants Fri Ash Walsh (QLD) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:32.0693 01.6594
20 Horsley Park Gun Shop James Abela (NSW) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:32.4529 02.0430

Result: Porsche Carrera Cup Australia – Practice 2- Am Drivers

1 Nuveau Constructions / Phase 8 Geoff Emery (VIC) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:31.4816
2 TOGA/Veritas Property Group Adrian Mastronardo (NSW) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:31.9744 00.4928
3 James Bergmuller (VIC) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:32.0572 00.5756
4 Moveitnet / A.F.S Tony Bates (VIC) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:32.0892 00.6076
5 McGrath Estate Agents Shane Smollen (NSW) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:32.2179 00.7363
6 Wilson Parking David Calvert-Jones USA Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:32.2521 00.7705
7 Wilson Security/PAYCE Adrian Flack Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:32.3847 00.9031
8 Darrell Lea STIX Roger Lago (QLD) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:32.6480 01.1664
9 Scott Taylor Motorsport Paul Kelly (NZ) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:32.8221 01.3405
10 Allstar Equipment / Dexion Sam Walter (TAS) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:32.8546 01.3730
11 Bob Jane T-Marts Dylan Thomas Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:32.9675 01.4859
12 Bob Jane T-Marts / Infants Max Twigg (VIC) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:33.0644 01.5828
13 Grove Hire Stephen Grove (VIC) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:33.2115 01.7299
14 360fly David Ryan (NSW) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:33.4955 02.0139
15 Horsley Park Gun Shop Tony Walls (NSW) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:33.9110 02.4294
16 Hallmarc Marc Cini (VIC) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:34.0462 02.5646
17 Commercial Interior Projects Ash Samadi (NSW) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:34.5267 03.0451
18 Laser Plumbing and Electrical Dean Grant (VIC) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:34.5812 03.0996
19 Saint/Porsche Centre Melbourne Jake Camilleri Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:34.6855 03.2039

VIDEO: Matt Campbell and Geoff Emery speak after practice

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