Porsche - Giving all for the goal

Giving all for the goal

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The dream job as a racing driver – it sounds like you’d be travelling the world and driving stunning, fast cars on breathtaking racetracks. But the road to becoming a professional racing driver isn’t that simple: 100 percent focus, strenuous fitness training, relocating to strange countries, saying goodbye to your family, defeats. And only after all that, in the ideal scenario, do the victories begin. Porsche Junior, Matt Campbell, is currently on that road to his dream job. He is 22 years old, comes from Australia and moved to Germany for his career. Campbell was identified as a special talent by Porsche, and received a sponsorship in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, part of Formula 1.

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At 14 years old, Campbell began motor racing in the Queensland Super Sprint Series. Three years later, he achieved victory in the Queensland Formula Ford – and in the following year he went on to compete in the Australian version. In 2014, he made his début in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia and came from nowhere to become champion – this paved the way into the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia. There, he celebrated a third championship position in his début year, also going on to win the title of champion there in 2016.

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The Australian Porsche Carrera Cup is just one of a total of 21 Porsche One-Make-Series worldwide. With his talent, Campbell qualified for the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. The international One-Make-Series represents an elite training ground for GT sport: identical vehicles, the same tyres, strictly regulated tuning options. What makes the difference is the driver behind the wheel of the 485-hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. For Campbell, taking part in the racing series marks the start of a new life.

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Campbell wants to be the best. You can tell. He shows his ambition openly, but without aggression. However, when speaking with him, his calm, quiet manner leaves no room for doubt. His goal? He wants to become a professional racing driver. Preferably for Porsche, of course. The magic word “Le Mans” puts a gleam in his eye. The 24h classic is comparable with a holy grail waiting to be conquered. To achieve that, Campbell is ready to leave behind everything he knows.

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For his dream, Campbell moved to the other end of the world. He lived in the small Australian town of Warwick for 21 years, in a relatively modest home, where his family, consisting of his mother, aunt and grandparents, played a central role. His favourite food: hotpot. In February, he packed a large bag and his adventure began. Since then, he has lived in the Swabian town of Nürtingen, and is amazed that Germans only eat bread and cold cuts in the evening. Lunchtime also had something unusual in store for him. He couldn’t get used to ‘Maultaschen’, a kind of Swabian ravioli, but in the meantime he has come to rather like ‘Spätzle’, German egg noodles.

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He has drawn considerably closer to his goal of becoming a professional racing driver in the last few months: in the fourth race of the Supercup, he celebrated his first victory with the Fach Auto Tech team. He won once again in the ninth round, and currently holds third place in the championship. In the season finale in Mexico at the end of October, he wants to show what he’s made of yet again, so that his dream can one day become a reality: works driver for Porsche.

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