Third time’s a charm as Webber bids for Le Mans glory

Mark Webber in action during the 2015 Le Mans 24-Hour Race. Photo James Beckett
Mark Webber in action during the 2015 Le Mans 24-Hour Race. Photo James Beckett

Mark Webber heads to the Circuit de la Sarthe in France this weekend to take part in the official Pre-Test that kicks-off preparations for the 2016-running of the Le Mans 24-Hour Race.

This year will be Webber’s third visit to the track as a member of the Porsche factory team, and after the disappointments of missing out on victory in 2014 and 2015, the Aston Clinton-based Aussie is hoping that 2016 will be third time lucky.

The Vale racer retired from the race in 2014 while leading, and finished second last year, and is keen to win this year.

Speaking this week, he said: “The Pre-Test is all about finding a good set-up for the car and gaining good mileage ahead of the free practice and qualifying sessions that will take place in just under two weeks time.”

Webber will share driving duties in the number 1 Porsche 919-Hybrid with Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley, and he added: “We have been fast in the opening two World Endurance Championship races, but have been out of luck.

“We hope we will be very fast and reliable during the test this weekend and that will allow us to have the best possible shot for success in this year’s race.”

All 60 competing cars entered for the big race will be on track this weekend for the Pre-Test, with eight hours of track time available. Testing starts at 9am on Sunday morning. JB