Webber relishing Spanish GP’s “brilliant atmosphere”

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The Spanish Grand Prix may have come under fire in recent years for failing to produce some classic racing, but Mark Webber is looking forward to returning to the site of his 2010 win in Barcelona next weekend.

“I qualified on pole and it was a race which I controlled from the front,” Webber explained in a team statement. “I pulled a gap from Sebastian then Lewis was behind me and put a little bit of pressure on me in the middle of the race, but he had a mechanical failure towards the end.

“It’s rewarding because we do some much testing there, so it’s good to go there and get a nice result.

“I threw my race helmet into the crowd as a present for the fans.”

Quite whether Webber’s gesture won him any friends in Spain is unknown, but the Red Bull driver is pleased to be returning to Europe after four races in Australasia.

“It’s a nice time to be racing in Europe with the weather generally and it’s a good atmosphere.”

Webber has endured a run of bad luck in recent races, and he has slipped 35 points behind his teammate Sebastian Vettel in the drivers’ championship. However, if the Australian could repeat his wins in Spain and Monaco from 2010, he may be back in the hunt for the title.

BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.