Formula One driver and cleft-chin enthusiast Mark Webber will no longer have to play second fiddle to l’il Zebby Vettel after this year. No, starting in 2014, the amateur Henry Cavill impersonator will be joining up with Porsche to lead their assault on the LMP1 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
2014 won’t be Webber’s first time racing at Le Mans; he’s competed at the course twice before, including a 1998 second-place finish in the FIA GT Championship. Webber also knows his way around a Porsche—his daily driver is a 911 GT2 RS. So we’re sure he’ll be able to handle Porsche’s Le Mans prototype monster.
“It’s an honour for me to join Porsche at its return to the top category in Le Mans and in the sports car World Endurance Championship and be part of the team. Porsche has written racing history as a manufacturer and stands for outstanding technology and performance at the highest level,”
Webber’s manager wrote in a press release on his behalf Webber said. ““I’m very much looking forward to this new challenge after my time in Formula 1…I can hardly wait to pilot one of the fastest sports cars in the world.” Well, that last part’s almost certainly true. [via MarkWebber.com]