Matt Campbell has enjoyed the perfect end to the 2021 season with a class victory in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s final round.
Taking place at Road Atlanta, Campbell contested the Motul Petit Le Mans in the GTLM class alongside regular Porsche works teammate Mathieu Jaminet from France and American Cooper MacNeil.
Behind the wheel of the WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 RSR, the trio showed plenty of pace throughout both practice sessions, posting outright top 20 times and hovering around the top three cars in class.
When it came to qualifying, Campbell led the way and posted the fastest lap for the team and the second best time for the session, behind only the BMW M8 GTE of Jesse Krohn, Augusto Farfus and John Edwards by half a second.
While there was a big difference in qualifying, the 10-hour endurance race turned out to be a spectacular affair with the outcome going down to the final 10 minutes.
All three drivers had produced decent stints behind the wheel, but had dropped a couple of places during the race, which included WeatherTech’s other Porsche entry.
However Campbell and Co. were aided by good luck and team strategy throughout the final stint of the race, as the class pole sitting BMW had run out of contention much earlier and the new leading #4 Corvette Racing C8.R made contact with the overall race leaders just 15 minutes from the chequered flag.
The contact caused the Corvette to spear off the road and ultimately out of the race as the damage sustained from the incident proved terminal.
The retirement elevated the #97 Weathertech Porsche 911 RSR-19 of Kevin Estre, Michael Christensen and Fred Makowiecki into the lead, who then gave up their position on team orders, allowing Jaminet to claim the win in what was a team one-two.
Making the victory even more special was that it was the last ever race for GTLM class, which will no longer be part of the championship from next year.
"First and second place for WeatherTech Racing is sensational,” Campbell said.
“Heading into the weekend, we’d secretly hoped for such a scenario to happen – and now it’s come true. I want to thank our colleagues in the No. 97 car.
“Obviously, without their support, we wouldn’t have won. It was perfect teamwork all around.
“To achieve the maximum success again with the 911 RSR at the last race of the GTLM class is perfect.”
The win marked the trio’s second win in the championship this year after they won the Mobil1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in March, while Jaminet and MacNeil also won a round together at Road America.