Power and Campbell show fight in US
Monday 13 September, 2021
Will Power (pictured) and Matt Campbell have had busy weekends in the US.
NTT IndyCar Series
Will Power has experienced a tough weekend in the NTT IndyCar Series, having finished the Grand Prix of Portland thirteenth.
After two consecutive podiums in the previous two rounds, including his first win of the season at Indianapolis, Power entered the round full of confidence in the hopes of continuing his climb up the series' standings.
Unfortunately, a tough qualifying session saw Power eliminated early for the first time this season, forcing him to start the third last round of the year in P14 and with a mountain to climb.
That task was made even harder once the race got underway with the Queenslander one of five drivers caught up in the drama of a chaotic start, which was triggered by a number of cars overshooting the first corner.
As a result of the chaos, Power was forced to the pits for repairs, however he escaped with no terminal damage and was able to continue the race.
Despite continuing, he never really made an impact, staying within the mid-pack for the remainder of the 110-lap race before eventually crossing the finish line one place higher than he started.
The result also saw Power’s mathematical chances of securing the title all but over, as he ended the day eighth in the championship standings.
Three-time Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin secured a second consecutive top 10 finish thanks to an impressive recovery drive.
Like Power, McLaughlin had a forgettable qualifying session and was knocked out in the first round, starting behind Power in P15. However, he was able to avoid that first corner drama and slowly worked his way up the field to finish a respectable P9.
The penultimate round of the NTT Indycar Series takes place this weekend with the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in California.
IMSA SportsCar Championship
Matt Campbell has bounced back from a disappointing DNF in the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup to secure a class podium in the 2021 IMSA SportsCar Championship.
Driving alongside American Cooper MacNeil in the WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 RSR at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, the duo crossed the finish line outright P13.
The 118-lap race was no easy feat for Campbell and MacNeil as the duo were not able to move up places before finishing where they started.
Crossing the line seven laps off outright winners Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque, the duo still enjoyed an entertaining battle in their class, falling just short of the second placed crew in Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor.
The next round of the IMSA SportsCar Championship will be the Acura Grand Prix at Long Beach on 24-25 September.