Webber steps up WEC preparations

Mark Webber in action for Porsche
Mark Webber in action for Porsche

Mark Webber will drive the number 17 Porsche 919-Hybrid during the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship.

The Aston Clinton-based Australian will share a factory-entered Porsche in the WEC and the Le Mans 24-Hour Race with Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley, with the 2015 season set to start at Silverstone in April.

During a launch in Paris last week, the organisers of the FIA WEC and the Le Mans race released details of the entry lists for both events and Webber’s car was shown as carrying the number 17.

Webber said: “The entry for both the full WEC season and Le Mans look very strong.

“The LMP1 class has huge quality and joining Porsche in the category we see factory squads from Toyota, Audi and Nissan. It’s going to be a very tough year but it is something I am really looking to.”

The WEC season will feature eight races running from April to November with all competitors attending a pre-season test at the Circuit Paul Ricard in France next month.

Webber added: “We are all now working hard on the development of our cars for the season. Endurance racing is all about speed coupled with reliability, and for Le Mans we have to make sure our cars can race flat out for a full 24 hours.

“The test at Paul Ricard will be the first time that we have all been on-track at the same time. It will be interesting to see who is in good shape then.”