Matt Campbell focussed on Supercars enduros

Porsche Supercup star Matt Campbell says he is only focussed on the Supercars enduro season at the moment, and will remain in Australia for almost two months to fulfil his commitments.

The 22-year old moved to Germany at the start of the year to forge a successful career in the Porsche Supercup Series which supports Formula One, after receiving a junior scholarship with Porsche.

Since then Campbell has achieved three podium finishes and two race wins, as well as an appearance in Carrera Cup Germany and two outings in the famous VLN Series on the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

With a two month break in his European calendar, the young racer from Warwick in Queensland is aiming high, and looking to make the most of his partnership with Red Bull Racing Australia and co-driver for the Pirtek Enduro Cup; Shane van Gisgergen.

“It’s really perfect,” Campbell told Supercars.com.

“Porsche have allowed me to do this and I’m really enjoying the chance to do both.

“I’ll be home for the whole period now, about seven weeks, and then fly to Mexico – for the final Supercup round of the season – after the Gold Coast.

“It’s good to chill out before Sandown, catch up with some people and just enjoy being home.”

Campbell got his second taste last Wednesday of working alongside the Red Bull crew, after returning home in June for a test day at Ipswich and most recently, last week.

The Porsche recruit says that he got comfortable in the car reasonably quickly, and feels that adjusting to the Supercars rules and regulations will be harder than finding speed in the car.

“The racing rules, the Safety Car restart rules, everything is so different to Europe,” stated Campbell.

“Over there it’s not as strict with all that sort of stuff, whereas in Australia you have to do everything to plan.

“That’s something I’ll have to keep in the back of my mind. I’ve got the experience in Australia in the past, so I don’t think it’ll be a massive problem.

“But it’ll be a case of the team coaching me and reminding me throughout the races.”

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This weekend’s Wilson Security Sandown 500 will not be Campbell’s first race weekend in a Supercar, having debuted with Nissan in the Pirtek Enduro Cup last year.

Van Gisbergen, who is currently 258-points behind championship leader Scott McLaughlin will be hoping for a strong result in the Pirtek Enduro Cup so he can claw back the margin to his fellow Kiwi.

“There’s always going to be some pressure there with Shane’s championship, but with my experience last year I know what’s expected of me,” added Campbell.

“I’m here to do a certain role. I need to focus on that and not think about that (the championship) too much.

“Obviously it’s going to be at the back of my mind but we’ve just got to chip away at it.”

Campbell’s position in the Porsche family is currently unknown, but based on his recent success in Europe, he is unlikely to be chasing a full time seat in Supercars in the near future.

Meanwhile, there is a possibility he will become a regular Pirtek Enduro Cup participant, all depending on his schedule though.

“I’d like to stay overseas, but I’m not sure if I’ll change programs or not,” he said.

“There’s a lot of changes happening within Porsche that affects a lot of drivers, so we’ll just have to wait and see until the end of the year to see where we are.”

The Wilson Security Sandown 500 weekend begins on Friday with the first of the practice sessions scheduled for 11:15AM local time.