Mark Webber announces retirement from racing

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Aus­tralian dri­ver Mark Web­ber has announced that he will be hang­ing up his boots at the end of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Cham­pi­onship sea­son. Web­ber, who turned 40 in the sum­mer, will com­pete in his final top-lev­el com­pet­i­tive motor­sport event at the 6 Hours of Bahrain on 19th Novem­ber.

After a long and suc­cess­ful career in For­mu­la 1, Web­ber came to the WEC as part of the all-new Porsche LMP1 squad in 2014 and has been a stal­wart of the series ever since. He has record­ed sev­en over­all vic­to­ries so far in the WEC and was crowned FIA World Endurance Dri­vers’ Cham­pi­on in 2015 along­side Bren­don Hart­ley and Timo Bern­hard. A pop­u­lar fig­ure in the pad­dock, Web­ber will con­tin­ue to work with Porsche behind the scenes, much like Alex Wurz at Toy­ota.

Mark Web­ber stands for every­thing what Porsche implies: sports­man­ship, pow­er of endurance, straight­for­ward­ness and focused work for suc­cess. He is full of beans and always a thought­ful lis­ten­er. 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,” said Oliv­er Blume, Chair­man of the Exec­u­tive Board at Porsche AG.

Source: FIA WEC
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