Sep 22, 2014
CAMPBELL AND GROVE CONCLUDE PORSCHE SEASON WITH PHILLIP ISLAND WIN
Matt Campbell has concluded the 2014 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli season in style with a perfect round at the Phillip Island season finale; while Brenton Grove walked away from his maiden round with the Class B round victory.
Following Saturday’s Race 1 domination, Campbell was untouchable in Sunday’s two races, taking a clean sweep of race wins and setting a new lap record in Sunday’s opening race.
With a winning margin of seven seconds – following a five second penalty – and eight seconds in Sunday’s two races, Campbell showed his true pace aboard the Class A Porsche.
For Campbell, the round was a great way to conclude a sensational season for the 19-year-old Queenslander.
“To wrap up the Class B title at the last round and then be fastest all weekend here at Phillip Island is fantastic,” said Campbell.
“I thought I might be near the front this weekend but to be at the front and fastest from practice through to the final race was just great.”
Jon McCorkindale also had reason to celebrate. The New South Wales driver finished second in each of the Phillip Island races and, following a mistake from John Goodacre in Race 2 dropping him down the order, McCorkindale was able to secure second in the Outright points standings in the final race of the season along with second for the Phillip Island round from 2014 title winner Fraser Ross in third.
“I’m really happy moving into second in the championship; it was surprising actually. We were a fair way behind but John Goodacre having that spin in Race 2 helped out so we’re really happy to finish the year in second.”
With Campbell far in front, many eyes turned to the battle for Class B, which was decided in Race 3 when 17-year-old debutant Grove moved to the class lead in a battle with Richard Gartner. The duo headed the Class B throughout the weekend, with the youngster gracing the top step of the Class B podium at the end of the weekend.
“My results this weekend were very unexpected. To have won the round in Class B is quite extraordinary and very surprising,” said Grove.
“Normally I’m on the other side of the fence and Dad is the one winning but to have that feel is very good and I hope there’s more of that to come.”
Gartner placed second for the round in the class and also secured the runner-up position in the Class B season points behind Campbell and ahead of Tim Miles, who moved to Class A with two rounds remaining. Steve McFadden rounded out the Phillip Island Class B podium.
The Phillip Island round concluded the 2014 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli season, which will begin again in March for the Sandown round of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals.
2014 Outright Champion – Fraser Ross
Class A Champion – Fraser Ross
Class A – 2nd – Jon McCorkindale
Class A – 3rd – John Goodacre
Class B Champion – Matt Campbell
Class B – 2nd – Richard Gartner
Class B – 3rd – Tim Miles
Jim Richards Endurance Trophy winner – Fraser Ross