Aston Clinton’s Mark Webber and his Porsche team-mates, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard, set the pace during last weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) pre-season prologue at the Circuit Paul Ricard in France, writes James Beckett.
Webber and the Porsche team dominated the 2015 season, and the performance of the marque’s number 1 car during the two-day prologue has thrown down the gauntlet to other cars contesting the WEC.
Set to start at Silverstone in just over two weeks time, the FIA World Endurance Championship has two races prior to June’s famous Le Mans 24-Hour Race, an event that Webber is keen to win this year after narrowly missing out last season.
Speaking at the test, Webber said: “The Porsche 919-Hybrid has again shown it’s a great racing car. We’re very pleased with its performance and are now looking forward to the first race.
“We have seen that we have good pace, but we know that Audi and Toyota have built and are developing new cars and we will have to race hard to win again this year. It is going to be a great season for endurance racing and we want to win – Le Mans in particular!.”