RISING Porsche star Matt Campbell is continuing talks about a wildcard drive at this year’s Bathurst 1000, but that may be it as far as his Supercars appearances go for the immediate future.
Campbell’s promotion to Porsche’s Young Professional program will see him placed in the company’s international GT activities, including a drive in this year’s Nurburgring 24 Hours.
While his full program has yet to be announced, a date clash prevents him from returning for Supercars’ full Enduro Cup, which he raced in last year alongside Shane van Gisbergen, but the Bathurst 1000 is, at the moment, a free weekend.
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One he could potentially spend driving the new V6 twin turbo-powered version of the Holden ZB Commodore Supercar.
Triple Eight boss Roland Dane revealed late last year that Campbell is among the shortlist of drivers he wants aboard the wildcard entry.
Speaking to media at last weekend’s Bathurst 12 Hour, Campbell confirmed those talks are ongoing.
“I was only talking to Roland again last week, talked a bit further about it but there’s so much to organise and deal with in that time,” he said. “That’s still I think the plan, we’re still working towards it.
“Everything’s looking positive — but I’m not saying yes or no because a lot can change in that time because it’s so far away. Something could pop up with Porsche, or maybe that (Holden V6) program is all done quite late with everything.
“But I’m sure it will happen for him, no doubt about that, but we just have to keep working together and chipping away about that.”
Campbell also made clear that his priority is his Porsche duties, and while ideally he’d like to continue making an annual trip home for the Bathurst 1000, other opportunities in Supercars would have to take a back seat.
“My focus and time is spent with Porsche and that’s where I want to be and that’s what I want to do,” he said.
“I don’t want to spend too much time in Australia doing other things like that, but if I can do something like hopefully the 1000, that’s great.
“It’s a massive event, it’s a home race and something I love doing. I’ve done it for the last couple of years.
“Obviously the three races this year weren’t possible with date clashes but would like to come back as a wildcard especially, I think that would be a great opportunity.”