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Webber reveals plans to resurrect adventure race

Mark Webber confirms that his eponymous adventure race could be revived for 2011 - but will it coincide with the end of his F1 career?
Mark Webber has hinted that he could be ready to resurrect the Pure Tasmania adventure race that bore his name until last year, adding weight to rumours that he is getting ready to bow out of F1 in the next couple of years.

The Australian helped organise the multi-discipline event for four years, combining his love of competition with the chance to promote the natural beauty of his homeland, but it almost came back to haunt him when he was knocked from his bike in the 2008 event, badly breaking both his leg and collarbone. The injuries threatened to sideline him from the early part of the 2009 F1 campaign but, still limping, Webber defied medical opinion to make the pre-season tests and then went on to not only become a race winner, but also a contender for the world championship.

Many believed that the event was dropped in 2009 because of Webber's misfortune, but the Red Bull Racing ace insists that the global economic meltdown had deterred investors from signing on as sponsors. Now, with Australia largely weathering the financial storm, Webber admits that he is getting ready to revive the race for 2011 - when his new contract with RBR is due to run out.

Although he has only admitted that his F1 career cannot go on forever, many believe that the Australian is preparing to bow out sooner rather than later, and his exit could be hastened by success in this year's championship battle, where he currently sits three points off leader Lewis Hamilton with six rounds remaining. The subject of the adventure race was raised, by Webber, when Australia's Sydney Morning Herald asked him whether he had begun to consider life after F1.

"We're looking at reintroducing my Tasmania Challenge - in fact, we're in the throes of finalising a deal which will hopefully see it return at the end of 2011," the recently turned 34-year old confirmed, "But there are plenty of other very challenging and enduring activities [to look at after F1] where I will be forced to learn more about myself and about mental toughness."

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leafy dragon - Unregistered

August 31, 2010 5:39 PM

When U watch sport transmission on tv U don't think about sportsmen private life- don't know them so not interested in. It's just great to watch the passion they put into what they are doing to reach perfection and score laurels. That's only one life U have got and it's up to U how U live it. It's great that in the other part of the world there are still people who care about nature, too- it means that U R not the only one- and recognizable people who help with it. The most interesting sport events are often closly connected with it. For me sport means challenging with yourself, your weaknesses. So good luck to him- it's still six races to go.

the wood - Unregistered

August 31, 2010 6:24 PM

Crash,Mark does this event to keep fit during the off season ,just because he is reviving it doesnt mean he is thinking about retirement.The fact that Mark does this in little known state of Australia and uses his name to promote the state and Australia is a measure of status as a great ambassador for his chosen sport and his country.Mark has another year in his contract and what a better way to prepare for a long arduous year by competing in such a grueling event.Keep em honest Mark.

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