Young Australian star Matt Campbell has taken his first Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race win in just his fourth start at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.
It was the first win by an Australian in the Supercup since Alex Davison’s victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2002.
The defending Carrera Cup Australia champion and Porsche Junior Scholarship Programme holder, dominated the race from the opening lap after a perfect exit to Turn 1 allowed him to open up an early 0.4-sec gap.
Cheered on by fellow Aussie legend Mark Webber from his pit box, Campbell continue to extend his lead and was more than a second in the lead by the end of the fourth lap.
He settled down in mid-race to maintain a comfortable lead and then got back on the gas to extend his lead to 2.6-sec when English driver Mark Radcliffe beached his car to bring out a safety car on the 14th of the scheduled 16-lap journey.
Radcliffe’s car was quickly craned from the trap which allowed a one-lap dash to the chequered flag.
The Queenslander paced the field into the final lap and then accelerated away to win the race from championship leader Michael Ammermuller and Luxemborg’s Dylan Periera.
“I’m really happy. If I’m honest, I was a little relieved when I crossed the finish line. When you start from pole position you want to win. I managed to do this and I’m thrilled,” said Campbell.
The victory was even a little more special for Campbell with his mum Angela, aunt Teresa and grandmother Sharon watching on from the stands.
RESULTS: Porsche Mobil1 Supercup – Red Bull Ring
|1||7||Matt Campbell (R)||FACH AUTO TECH||16||25:44,247||1:32.326|
|2||1||Michael Ammermüller||Lechner MSG Racing Team||16||25:44,803||00:00,556||1:32.316|
|3||24||Dylan Pereira||Lechner Racing Middle East||16||25:45,197||00:00,950||1:32.296|
|4||28||Mattia Drudi (R)||Dinamic Motorsport||16||25:46,076||00:01,829||1:32.382|
|5||4||Dennis Olsen (R)||Walter Lechner Racing Team||16||25:46,948||00:02,701||1:32.400|
|6||5||Josh Webster (R)||FACH AUTO TECH||16||25:47,341||00:03,094||1:32.340|
|7||11||Robert Lukas||Olimp Racing by Lukas Motorsport||16||25:47,758||00:03,511||1:32.763|
|8||2||Dan Cammish||Lechner MSG Racing Team||16||25:47,966||00:03,719||1:32.355|
|9||18||Steven Palette||Martinet by Almeras||16||25:49,042||00:04,795||1:32.837|
|10||19||Philip Morin (R)||Martinet by Almeras||16||25:49,239||00:04,992||1:32.726|
|11||15||Zaid Ashkanani||MRS GT-Racing||16||25:49,421||00:05,174||1:32.533|
|12||26||Tom Sharp||IDL Racing||16||25:49,692||00:05,445||1:32.998|
|13||3||Ryan Cullen||Walter Lechner Racing Team||16||25:50,342||00:06,095||1:32.874|
|14||12||Igor Walilko (R)||Olimp Racing by Lukas Motorsport||16||25:50,655||00:06,408||1:32.759|
|15||21||Paul Rees||MOMO-Megatron Team Partrax||16||25:51,109||00:06,862||1:33.093|
|16||25||Al Faisal Al Zubair (R)||Lechner Racing Middle East||16||25:51,329||00:07,082||1:32.899|
|17||22||Nico Rindlisbacher (R)||MOMO-Megatron Team Partrax||16||25:51,592||00:07,345||1:32.868|
|18||14||Mikkel O. Pedersen (R)||MRS GT-Racing||16||25:51,818||00:07,571||1:32.889|
|19||30||Sean Hudspeth||Lechner MSG Racing Team||16||25:52,976||00:08,729||1:33.342|
|20||16||Roar Lindland (B)||MRS Cup-Racing||16||25:53,176||00:08,929||1:33.257|
|21||23||Egidio Perfetti (B)||MOMO-Megatron Team Partrax||16||25:53,820||00:09,573||1:33.339|
|22||10||Piotr Parys (R)||Olimp Racing by Lukas Motorsport||16||25:53,975||00:09,728||1:32.987|
|23||9||Chris Bauer||FÖRCH Racing by Lukas Motorsport||16||25:54,432||00:10,185||1:33.750|
|24||29||Daniele Di Amato||Dinamic Motorsport||16||25:55,214||00:10,967||1:32.725|
|25||36||Wolf Nathan||raceunion Huber Racing||16||25:56,646||00:12,399||1:33.433|
|26||17||Philipp Sager (B)||MRS Cup-Racing||16||25:59,411||00:15,164||1:33.560|
|27||34||Giovanni Berton||Dinamic Motorsport||16||26:00,153||00:15,906||1:33.529|
|28||20||Roland Berville (B)||Martinet by Almeras||16||26:01,035||00:16,788||1:34.391|
|29||6||Glauco Solieri (B)||FACH AUTO TECH||16||26:02,342||00:18,095||1:34.964|
|30||8||Santiago Creel||FÖRCH Racing by Lukas Motorsport||16||26:02,806||00:18,559||1:35.309|
|31||37||Wolfgang Triller (B)||raceunion Huber Racing||16||26:08,729||00:24,482||1:33.071|
|32||27||Mark Radcliffe (B)||IDL Racing||12||19,14,503||DNF||1:34.169|