Webber elated with “awesome” first WEC victory


NÜRBURGRING – Mark Webber made no secret of his elation after claiming his first FIA World Endurance Championship victory in the 6 Hours of Nürburgring on Sunday.

Webber walked away from Formula 1 at the end of 2013 to join Porsche’s LMP1 programme, but failed to grace the top step of the podium in his first 11 races with the team.

On Sunday at the Nürburgring, the Australian driver played an instrumental role in the no. 17 crew’s victory, racing alongside Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard as they lapped the field and claimed a comfortable victory.

Speaking to MotorSportsTalk after the race, Webber was delighted to have broken through with his first win in the WEC after an impressive display.

“Yeah awesome mate,” Webber said when asked how he felt. “It went well. I think that the whole race was – after Timo’s early issue at the start, after that it was sensational.

“I’m of course personally very, very happy that it ran smooth and the car got home with no issues and I got on the middle step with Timo and Brendan.”

Webber claimed his first F1 victory at the Nürburgring back in 2009, so it was perhaps fitting that his maiden WEC success came at the same track.

“I’ve had some good battles here, obviously the win in ’09 and 2011 with Fernando and Lewis was a really big race that one as well,” Webber said. “It’s been a good one for me. A lot of good results here to stand on the middle step a few times.

“In their own backyard, a lot of history with Porsche, obviously [has] a lot of great victories in the past, 1000km races.

“What a big crowd today, it was an awesome event. I don’t think anyone could believe how successful the event went.”

When asked to compare his first wins in both F1 and the WEC, Webber said that although his maiden grand prix victory meant more, Sunday’s win felt more like a team effort.

“I think in F1, my first win was massive,” Webber said.

“Obviously this is more of a team feeling of course, there’s a lot of satisfaction because of the contribution that you feel you’ve helped with the team obviously, with all of us we do that.

“But Formula 1 obviously, personally… it’s hard to compare to your first Formula 1 victory, that was certainly a very big day.”

Seattle Supercross by the numbers: Three riders separated by 17 points


Three riders remain locked in a tight battle with 17 points separating the leader Cooper Webb from third-place Chase Sexton and these are only a few Supercross numbers to consider entering Seattle.

Seattle Supercross numbers
Chase Sexton made a statement in Detroit with his second win of 2023. – Feld Motor Sports

For the fifth time in 10 rounds. Sexton, Webb, and Eli Tomac shared the podium in Detroit. Between them, the trio has taken 23 podiums, leaving only seven for the remainder of the field. Jason Anderson, Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia have two each with Aaron Plessinger scoring the other.

Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.

Tomac has won two of the last three Seattle races and those two wins in this stadium are topped only by James Stewart. Fittingly, if Tomac gets a third win this week, he will tie Stewart for second on the all-time wins’ list. Tomac tied Ricky Carmichael for third with 48 wins at Oakland and took sole possession of that spot with his Daytona win.

Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.

The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.

In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.

Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.

Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.

Last Five Seattle Winners

2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto

2022: Hunter Lawrence
2019: Dylan Ferrandis
2018: Aaron Plessinger
2017: Aaron Plessinger
2014: Cole Seely

By the Numbers

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