Mark Web­ber morphs from racer to Porsche rep

Motor Equipment News - - MOTORSPORT -

For­mer F1 race win­ner and cur­rent WEC front-run­ner, Mark Web­ber, has called time on his 25-year pro­fes­sional ca­reer, an­nounc­ing this month that he will re­tire at the end of the year to take up a new non­rac­ing role with Porsche.

The six-hour World En­durance Cham­pi­onship race in Bahrain on Novem­ber 19 will be the last time the reign­ing World Cham­pion from Aus­tralia will com­pete as a works driver, with the 40-year-old set to rep­re­sent Porsche at global events and work as a con­sul­tant for the Ger­man sports car spe­cial­ist.

The role will in­clude tal­ent re­search as well as driver train­ing for up and com­ing pro­fes­sion­als and the huge num­ber of world­wide Porsche am­a­teur rac­ers with Web­ber set to work along­side rally leg­end Wal­ter Röhrl (69).

“Mark Web­ber stands for ev­ery­thing that Porsche im­plies: sports­man­ship, power of en­durance, straight­for­ward­ness and fo­cused work for suc­cess, “said Oliver Blume, Chair­man of the Ex­ec­u­tive Board of Dr. Ing h.c. F. Porsche AG. “I want to thank Mark for his great per­for­mance in the World En­durance Cham­pi­onship and am pleased he will re­main tightly con­nected to Porsche in the fu­ture.”

“I have ar­rived where I be­long,” Web­ber said at the an­nounce­ment func­tion. “Porsche is the brand I al­ways loved most and the one that suits me the best. The 911 is iconic – it has got el­e­gance, per­for­mance and un­der­state­ment, and is never in­tru­sive. It is just the right car for ev­ery sce­nario.

“I will miss the sheer speed, down­force and com­pe­ti­tion, but I want to leave on a high and I’m very much look­ing for­ward to my new tasks.”

From Quean­beyan near Can­berra, Web­ber is one Aus­tralia’s best rac­ing ex­ports, par­lay­ing a mod­est ca­reer in karts to suc­cess in For­mula Ford, For­mula 3, For­mula 3000 and ul­ti­mately 215 For­mula One Grands Prix with nine vic­to­ries and 42 podi­ums to his name.

After leav­ing F1 and the Red Bull team in 2012 he turned his fo­cus to Porsche and the WEC, shar­ing the 2015 world ti­tle with Timo Bern­hard and our own Bren­don Hart­ley in their 919 Hy­brid Le Mans Pro­to­type.

Web­ber is also a long-time Porsche owner, his cur­rent col­lec­tion in­clud­ing a 918 Spy­der, 911 R, GT3 RS (991), 911 GT2 RS (997), 911 GT3 RS 4.0, a 1954 356 Cabri­o­let and a 1974 2.7 Car­rera.

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