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Matt Campbell lands 24 Hours of Daytona start

Daniel Herrero

Saturday 5th January, 2019 - 7:45am

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The Park Place Motorsports Porsche pic: Park Place Motorsports Facebook

Matt Campbell will race in this month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona in a Park Place Motorsports Porsche.

Campbell’s call-up sees him reunite with Porsche factory driver Patrick Long, with whom he shares a class win and class runner-up finish in the Bathurst 12 Hour.

The other members of the GTD class #73 911 GT3 R’s driving crew are team principal Patrick Lindsey and Nick Boulle.

Campbell’s most recent 24-hour races saw him achieve a class win on debut at Le Mans and outright win in the 24H Barcelona, while Long and Boulle are both class winners at Daytona.

“I’m very much looking forward to my first trip to the United States,” said Campbell.

“I’ve driven on banking before but certainly not to the extent of the Daytona banking, so I’m sure it will be quite the eye opener for the first time.

“To get my first Daytona under my belt is certainly invaluable, I think in endurance racing no matter of your results in the past, each 24-hour race is a new challenge.

“But I feel like I’ve gained great experience in the last year with endurance racing and my approach going into such races.

“I’m excited to work with the team. I come in with an open mind having enjoyed working with Longy in previous years.”

Lindsey was in fact a rival of Campbell’s at Le Mans but welcomed his addition to the team.

“He’s so young but has already seen so much success,” noted Lindsey.

“It is honestly impressive. I can’t wait to sit back and watch him work.

“I’ll actually root for him this time, at Le Mans I ran against him so I couldn’t be too impressed.

“I know I have more experience at Daytona but I’m wanting a little Campbell sheen to rub off on me. He’s really talented and successful, I’d love to have his resume.

“I really hope for the best so we can add to that resume and he can go home with a Rolex.”

Campbell will be pitted in the same class as Simona De Silvestro, while Chaz Mostert and Ryan Briscoe are competing in GTLM, with James Allen in LMP2 making for four Australians.

The first day of the Roar Before The 24 test is currently taking place.

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