Campbell wins Carrera Cup Aus/Asia Pro race

Matt Campbell

Matt Campbell

Matt Campbell produced a lights-to-flag drive to win the combined Carrera Cup Australia/Carrera Cup Asia race for professional drivers at Sydney Motorsport Park.

After recording a clean sweep of the two Carrera Cup Australia championship races, the Queenslander produced another dominant display to see off the best drivers from both Australia and Asia.

Campbell faced a brief challenge from Carrera Cup Asia series star Maxime Jousse on the opening lap as the pair went side-by-side into the first corner.

However, the McElrea Racing driver quickly asserted his authority on the race by taking the lead at Turn 2.

Once ahead he produced a measured drive to the chequered flag, but was unable to relax with Nick McBride in hot pursuit.

Starting from fifth, McBride made light work of David Wall at the start before passing Carrera Cup Asia round winner Mitchell Gilbert and Jousse.

Despite showcasing impressive pace, he couldn’t launch a serious attack on Campbell as he fell 0.8s shy at the flag.

A storming run from seventh saw Alex Davison claim the final spot on the podium after making decisive moves on Gilbert and Jousse early in the race.

Ash Walsh ensured the top four positions were held by Carrera Cup Australia drivers, with Jousse the best Asian runner in fifth.

Dean Fiore came through to finish sixth ahead of the Malaysian-born Australian Gilbert, who had earlier won both Carrera Cup Asia championship races.

Austrian Carrera Cup Asia driver Martin Ragginger, Wall and Dylan O’Keefe completed the top 10.

Former Carrera Cup Australia champion Steven Richards could only manage 12th, while Carrera Cup Asia championship leader Nico Menzel finished in 17th position.

Duvashen Padayachee was the only retirement from the race, exiting the heat after seven laps.

VIDEO: Campbell speaks after the race

Result: Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and Australia Professional Race

1 Nuveau Constructions / Phase 8 Matt Campbell (QLD) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 10 15:29.4035
2 Bob Jane T-Marts Nick McBride (VIC) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 10 15:30.2925
3 Wilson Parking Alex Davison (QLD) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 10 15:39.2035
4 Bob Jane T-Marts / Infants Fri Ash Walsh (QLD) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 10 15:39.6846
5 Kamlung Racing Jousse Maxime (FRA) Porsche GT3 Cup 10 15:43.2663
6 Saint/Porsche Centre Melbourne Dean Fiore (WA) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 10 15:49.8785
7 Absolute Racing Mitchell Gilbert (AUS) Porsche GT3 Cup 10 15:50.7039
8 Team Porsche Holding Martin Ragginger (AUT) Porsche GT3 Cup 10 15:51.0984
9 Wilson Security David Wall (NSW) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 10 15:51.3078
10 Allstar Equipment / Dexion Sup Dylan O’Keeffe (VIC) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 10 15:51.5432
11 Copyworld Michael Almond (SA) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 10 15:53.9377
12 Laser Plumbing and Electrical Steven Richards (VIC) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 10 16:03.5610
13 Porsche China Junior Team Andrew Tang (SGP) Porsche GT3 Cup 10 16:05.4247
14 Horsley Park Gunshop James Abela (NSW) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 10 16:05.8421
15 Fun88 Team Sunfonda Da Sheng Zhang (CHN) Porsche GT3 Cup 10 16:07.2091
16 Preston Hire Fraser Ross (VIC) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 10 16:12.2805
17 PICC Team StarChase Nico Menzel (DEU) Porsche GT3 Cup 10 16:12.7218
18 Team Jebsen Yue Cui (CHN) Porsche GT3 Cup 10 16:13.1128
19 Zheng Tong Auto Jinlong Bao (CHN) Porsche GT3 Cup 10 16:16.7496
20 CIP/GWR Garth Walden (NSW) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 10 16:20.5595
DNF Darrell Lea STIX Duvashen Padayachee NSW Porsche 911 GT3 Cup  7 11:44.4352

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