Campbell anticipating Nurburgring challenge

Matt Campbell

Matt Campbell is eagerly anticipating his debut in the famed Nurburgring 24 Hour this weekend.

Campbell will drive one of the Frikadelli Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R entries with Lance David Arnold, Alexander Müller, and Porsche factory driver Wolf Henzler.

The 23-year-old, a Porsche Young Professional this year, will make the start just a week after his first race in the World Endurance Championship at Spa, where he finished fourth in the GTE-Am class.

“After racing at Spa last weekend for the first WEC round, this weekend sees me at Nurburgring for what is probably the most challenging race event in the world – the Nurburgring 24 Hour,” said Campbell.

“I’ve raced at the Nurburgring-Nordschleife several times now, most recently with the Frikadelli Racing Team in the VLN qualifying races leading into the 24 Hour race.

“Here you get a taste of what to expect for the 24 Hour race so I feel we’re well prepared.

“The Nurburgring 24 Hour is one of those events you dream of doing and to be racing among the eight-strong 911 GT3 R line-up is unbelievable.

“The GT3 R is an awesome race car on any track, but to drive it at Nordschleife at one of the most gruelling races of the season is absolutely a career highlight.”

Campbell and Frikadelli will compete in the leading SP9 class for GT3 cars, which numbers 29 cars out of a total of 150 in the field.

He will therefore come up against New Zealander Earl Bamber, who is driving one of Manthey-Racing’s 911 GT3 Rs alongside Kévin Estre, Romain Dumas, and Laurens Vanthoor.

Australian Rob Thomson is part of a three-driver line-up in an SP6 class Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, while Angus Chapel will race a Cayman in the Cup 3 class.

The event begins this evening (AEST) with race start on Saturday at 2330 AEST.

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