Webber sets the pace in France

Mark Webber at speed in his Porsche 919-Hybrid at Paul Ricard last week

Mark Webber at speed in his Porsche 919-Hybrid at Paul Ricard last week

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The build-up to the start of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) is well underway after competing teams and drivers took part in the pre-season Prologue at the Paul Ricard track in southern France last week.

Setting the pace during the test was the number 17 Porsche 919-Hybrid of Vale racer Mark Webber. Webber will again share a P1-specification Porsche prototype this season with Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard, and the trio have high hopes as the first race of the season approaches in just over one week’s time at Silverstone.

Webber said: “We had a good time at Paul Ricard. The car felt really good and showed strong pace and reliability. The season starts at Silverstone and we quickly then have events at Spa and Le Mans.

“To win the championship we have to be up and running right from the off, and I think we will be in a good position this season.”

The Porsche team will field two cars throughout the year, with three of the 919-Hybrid cars appearing at Spa and Le Mans. Toyota and Audi will compete against Porsche for overall victory at Silverstone in the P1 class, Nissan having decided not to enter their front-engined prototype car until Le Mans in June.