Webber keen to hit back after Silverstone frustration

Mark Webber turns the number 17 Porsche into Luffield during the early laps of Sunday's FIA WEC race at Silverstone

Mark Webber turns the number 17 Porsche into Luffield during the early laps of Sunday's FIA WEC race at Silverstone

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The second round of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) takes place at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium in just over a week’s time with two free practice sessions on April 30, writes James Beckett.

Aston Clinton’s Mark Webber will be in Belgium to drive a Porsche 919-Hybrid in the 6-Hours of Spa race on May 2. He will share the car with Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard, and will be hoping to overcome the disappointment of being forced out of the opening race at Silverstone.

Webber said: “It was a great shame that we couldn’t continue at Silverstone. The opening hour and a half went our way, and the car showed great pace. I felt comfortable in the lead and then the drivetrain issue forced us out.

“Porsche did a good job to bring our sister car home in second position at Silverstone, and with some luck the car could have won. We all feel in a good position as we prepare to head to Spa.

“This is an important race for many reasons, to keep our title challenge on-track we need a good result, and also it’s the last race before Le Mans.”

Porsche will take three 919-Hybrid cars to Spa, running a third car in preparation for Le Mans. Alongside Webber’s number 17, Porsche will run a number 18 car plus a third entry that will be driven by F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg.