Campbell and Preining are the new Porsche Juniors
The 21-year-old Australian Matt Campbell and 18-year-old Thomas Preining from Austria will join the Porsche in 2017 as juniors, with significant support coming directly from Porsche. Campbell will be competing in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, supporting F1 races across the globe. Funding of 200,000 Euros will help him in his campaign. Preining will tackle the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland and receives 150,000 Euros of financial support.
The funding from Porsche encompasses not only support and training in fitness, mental preparation as well as media matters but also includes a driver mentoring at every race weekend. Both Por-sche juniors take up their respective race series in the new 485hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
Matt Campbell joins Supercup off the back of a fantastic season in his native Australia’s Carrera Cup in which he swept to overall victory. His journey into the series didn’t end there, though. He joined eight candidates from around the world, including the UK’s Dino Zamparelli, in an international shootout, victory in which sealed his Supercup drive. Hailing from Warwick, Queensland, Campbell’s grandfather was the chairman of a local karting club and his parent’s house was just a few hundred metres from Morgan Park Raceway. The small track grew in both length and stature over the years and after several seasons racing single-seaters and in the national Porsche one-make race series, Campbell had the opportunity to work as an instructor alongside his racing commitments. He considers New Zeland’s Earl Bamber as his role model.
Thomas’s route to the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland wasn’t straightforward. Like Campbell he had to compete for his drive by taking part in a two-stage selection programme that more than 100 drivers had applied for. Preining comes from Linz in Austria and began his motorsport career in karting. In the 2016 season he contested his first full year in single-seaters. He competed in the ADAC Formula 4, secured two victories in the fiercely-contested junior series, and finished his season fourth overall. The fitness fanatic inherited his speed from his father, Andreas, who raced a 250cc motorbike in the Motorcycle World Championship in the nineties.
The two drivers will kick off their new careers in their respective Porsche series’ in early 2017.