WITH just one prior start in the Bathurst 1000, Matt Campbell will still have plenty to learn about tackling Mount Panorama in a Supercar when he buckles in to the Red Bull Racing Commodore this week.
However, that lack of experience is no concern to Shane van Gisbergen. He is more than happy to have Campbell as his co-driver.
Campbell has been a star in his rookie Porsche Supercup season this year, currently sitting third in the championship on the back of two wins.
He has only once finished outside the top 10 and started from pole position on four occasions in the series which acts as a support event to the Formula One rounds.
“He’s got an old head on young shoulders and he’s obviously very mature for his age and done a lot of racing,” van Gisbergen said of the 22-year-old.
“He’s only done the Supercars one season, but he did a very good job last year which is why we brought him along. There’s no worries in that department.
“I’ve kept an eye on him and seen his racing skills and performances and stuff like that, but I’d never got to know him before now. It’s pretty cool to see the other side of it and how he works.”
At last month’s Sandown 500, the duo placed 16th after a late puncture.
However, before that Campbell did a good job starting the race and the pair were on track to earn a podium.
“Matty got in a did a great job, he didn't lose too much time when the main guys got in and we were about eight seconds off the lead,” van Gisbergen.