Mark Webber ends racing career with Bahrain WEC podium

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Mark Webber brought his racing career to a close on Saturday with a podium finish in the FIA World Endurance Championship season finale in Bahrain.

Webber, 40, has spent over 20 years in motorsport, working his way up the single-seater ladder before making his Formula 1 debut in 2002 with Minardi.

Webber enjoyed the bulk of his F1 success towards the end of his time in the sport, taking his maiden grand prix victory in 2009 with Red Bull before missing out on the drivers’ championship at the final race in 2010.

The Australian retired from F1 after the 2013 campaign, moving into the WEC with Porsche following the revival of its LMP1 program for 2014.

Although the Le Mans win he craved eluded him, Webber did become world champion for the first time in 2015 alongside Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard behind the wheel of the Porsche 919 Hybrid.

Webber announced last month that he would retire from racing following the 2016 season, making his final start with Porsche at the Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday.

Webber was given the honor of completing the final stint of the race, bringing the no. 1 car home in third place to cap off his career with a podium finish.

Webber received a rapturous reception on the podium at the end of what was a poignant race for the WEC, given Audi’s departure after 18 years in the premier class of sportscar racing.

Webber is set to step up his commitments as a F1 pundit in 2017 with British TV following his step back from racing.