Former Formula One driver Mark Webber, of Australia.
Former Formula One driver Mark Webber, of Australia. JOE CASTRO

Webber farewells track with podium finish

MOTOSPORT: Mark Webber's racing career has ended on a high with a podium finish at the final round of the World Endurance Championship in Bahrain.

The Australian finished third in the six-hour event with Porsche co-drivers Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley after starting on pole position.

Webber, whose 20-year career as a driver included nine Formula One wins for Red Bull, brought the car home.

"I enjoyed the last (25-minute) stint and I got the chance to bring the car to the chequered flag,” he said.

"Nothing is forever. I'm stopping at a good time. It has been such an incredible three years for me with Porsche.”

After working his way up from Formula Ford to Formula Three, Webber debuted in F1 with Minardi in 2002, finishing fifth in his first race in Australia.

He finished third in the championship in 2010, 2011 and 2013 with Red Bull.

He joined Porsche in the WEC in 2014, claiming the 2015 title with Bernhard and Hartley. They finished fourth this year.


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