Campbell secures first WEC podium for 2021

Monday 01 November, 2021
Matt Campbell (right) has secured a podium in the Bahrain 6 Hour

Bahrain 6 Hour 

Matt Campbell’s resurgence in the World Endurance GTE Drivers' Championship has continued on the weekend with the Queenslander part of a well-deserved Bahrain 6 Hour class podium. 
 
Racing alongside regular teammates Christian Reid and Jaxon Evans in the Dempsey-Proton Racing prepared Porsche 911 RSR-19, Campbell was instrumental in helping the team secure second in the LM GTE AM class. 
 
The trio got off to a good start for the weekend at the Bahrain International Circuit, posting top three class times in the first two practice sessions, before topping the time sheets in the final practice session. 
 
Unfortunately, qualifying was far from ideal with the #77 Porsche ending the session ninth in class – two places behind Dempsey-Proton’s other car. 
 
However when it came to the race, Campbell, Evans, Reid and the team’s pit crew all put in brilliant performances to help move the car up the field and into second.
 
It was an uneventful first three hours as they only managed to make up one official place after the other Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche fell to 13th.
 
In the second half of the race, the team really kicked into gear, making up a further six places before being involved in a thrilling three-way battle for the lead in the final stint.

While they did fall short of the class win by just six seconds, they did manage to edge out the Team Project 1 #56 Porsche 911 RSR-19s by three seconds to claim the middle step of the podium.
 
It marks the first podium of the season for the trio, who started the year off with two DNFs before gradually improving in the two most recent rounds.
 
It’s back-to-back meetings for the World Endurance GTE Drivers' Championship with the Bahrain 8 Hour taking place this weekend.
 
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Formula Regional European Championship

Tommy Smith has ended the 2021 Formula Regional European Championship season with his second best race result of the year.
 
With the championship’s season finale taking place at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza in Italy, a huge field of 35 entrants contested the popular championship’s final round.
 
In what was his first ever run at the famous Italian circuit, Smith found plenty of speed early on, posting the 15th fastest time in practice one and just half a second off the fastest driver.
 
Smith was unable to repeat his efforts in practice two though, dropping down to P30 before posting the 31st fastest time in race one’s qualifying session.
 
While he was able to improve slightly in the race to finish 28th, he showed far more pace for race two.
 
Starting in 25th, Smith produced one of his best performances of the year to make up seven positions and finish 18th overall.
 
The 19-year-old is yet to announce his plans for the rest of the year and 2022. 

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