Rising young Australian driver Matt Campbell has taken Porsche to its first victory in the Bathurst 12 Hour.
Aboard the Earl Bamber Motorsport he shared with German Dirk Werner and Norwegian Dennis Olsen, Campbell emerged triumphant in a dramatic final half hour battle.
The intervention of the Safety Car due to a stopped car on Con-Rod Straight set up the final laps, with Aston Martin driver Jake Dennis leading the race and Campbell third behind Raffaele Marciello’s Mercedes.
Campbell made it past Marciello with a surprise move under brakes at Hell Corner with less than 20 minutes to. The Porsche driver then hunted down leader Dennis, and slipped inside the Aston Martin driver into Forest’s Elbow. From there Campbell pulled away to greet the chequered flag with 3.4 seconds to spare.
“I knew it was going to be tough but I didn’t think it was going to be that tough,” Cambell said.
“To do it the way we did in the last stint, was amazing. The car was perfect towards the end, and I can’t thank these guys (co-drivers Werner and Olsen) enough. It was great to finally win this race, especially as it’s this car’s last race.”
While Jake Dennis’s Aston Martin the battle was on for third place as Marciello came under siege from local Supercars stars Shane van Gisbergen (Mercedes) and Chaz Mostert’s BMW. Italian Marciello held on to claim the final podium position by a mere two tenths of a second.