Campbell named as factory Porsche driver

LIQUI-MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour winner Matt Campbell has been elevated to full Porsche works driver status for the 2020 season. 

The now 24-year-old from Queensland has been a rising star in the Porsche world following his elevation to ‘Young Professional’ status last year, having earlier triumphed in the Porsche Shootout for young drivers following his success in Carrera Cup Australia.

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The news was confirmed at the Porsche Night of Champions motorsport gala at Weissach in Stuttgart, Germany, where Porsche reflected on its 2019 motor racing year.

As well as their historic first Bathurst victory, Porsche enjoyed a remarkable 2019 season that included titles in three of the world’s most important GT series.

Campbell is one of 18 ‘works’ drivers amidst a roster that also includes two Young Professionals and two Juniors – including fellow Carrera Cup Australia champion Jaxon Evans.

Campbell’s 2020 program will include the Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli – which commences at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour next February –  as well as joining the WeatherTech IMSA Sports Car Championship in the United States for the North American Endurance Championship races requiring an additional driver.

Porsche also confirmed their support for customer GT racing, including the broader Intercontinental GT Challenge.

Rather than fielding direct ‘factory’ squads, Porsche will instead support their various customer sport teams by supplying drivers, engineers and consulting services at the various events.

The brand is expected to have a strong presence at the 2020 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour in a bid to become just the second brand in event history to secure back-to-back 12-hour wins.