The quiet streets of Bathurst became filled with the sounds and smells of motor racing for a glorious 12 hours. It seemed only fitting that Porsche's final farewell to the 911 GT3 R resulted in a victory. The victory was not without drama. Matt Campbell in the #912 Porsche made a hard charge at the end of the race to get the victory at the iconic circuit. His win was not without controversy.
With about 30 minutes to go in the race, Campbell made contact with Chaz Mostert's BMW on the way into a left hand turn after slipstreaming the fast right hander. This move put Campbell into third place. As a result from the contact, the stewards confirmed they would investigate the crash after the race.
With about 10 minutes left in the race a hard charging Campbell was able to catch up to the race leader, Jake Dennis in the #62 Aston Martin. This was made possible by a late safety car, giving Campbell fresher tires for the end of the race. Campbell was able to capitalize at Forrests Elbow putting his nose up the inside of the Vantage causing him to go wide. This move allowed him to take advantage down Conrad Straight and take the victory.
Although the move was on the edge of legality, it was not investigated like the move made on the BMW. Ultimately the move made on the BMW was classified as legal and Campbell made history giving Porsche their first ever win at Bathurst.
In an interview with Autosport regarding the contact with BMW Campbell Stated:
"When I saw the opportunity I had to take it," he said.
"If I was behind him any longer I think it would have hurt our tyres, and the engine was getting quite hot. It was then and there.
"We got it down there, he was moving a bit under brakes and there was a bit of contact.
"But at the end of the day we got the move done and we trucked on up the road.
"I tried two other moves and he moved under brakes, and also on that move he moved over on the brakes as well.
"[There was] a little bit of contact, but I was far enough down the inside and he turned in on me."
In the end, Campbell had a phenomenal drive in the last 30 minutes of that race. He deserved that win and made sure to make every second count. There is no better way to bid a farewell to the 911 GT3 R. On behalf of all the German car fanboys. Matt Campbell, We salute you.