Mark Webber has become the third current Formula One driver confirmed for this year's Race of Champions spectacular at Wembley, joining World Superbike star Troy Bayliss in the first ever Australian team to take part.
Webber has added his name to those of Jenson Button and future Red Bull Racing team-mate Sebastian Vettel as current F1 stars ready to take on seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher and reigning RoC king Mattias Ekstrom, who added a second title at last year's Wembley event.
While Button, Vettel and Schumacher have all taken part in previous RoCs - the two Germans teaming up to take the pairs crown last season - Team Australia will count initially on Bayliss' previous experience as Webber makes his event debut. However, Bayliss, who currently leads the WSBK standings, contested his one and only RoC when the event took place in Gran Canaria in 2001, running on a loose surface as opposed to the specially-laid Wembley tarmac. Nevertheless, he was part of an All-Star team that reached the finals of the Nations Cup.
The 'Duo from Down Under' will go head-to-head with rivals from the World Rally Championship, Le Mans, touring cars and motorbike racing, as well as the F1 stars, in a variety of track and stage-inspired machinery.
"I've been watching the Race of Champions for the last few years, and have always been really keen to do it, as the concept looks great,” Webber said, “This year I can, so flying the flag for Australia will be loads of fun - especially with a two-wheel legend in Troy as my team-mate. I'm sure there will be some laughs on the night for both of us!"