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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!"


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Xander Bingo

July 29, 2008 10:32 AM

:) sarcasm noted. I've been trying to watch the RoC for the past few years here in Oz ... but I am not sure where I can get it? I've checked out Foxtel the past few times (the rights holder here) and haven't been able to get a concrete time or date for when its shown. Does anyone have any idea when it will be shown here? Webber's a champ. Having watched him race Formula Ford as a kid, I am immensely proud to see him succeeding. Accessible, friendly and probably THE most down to earth F1 driver, he gets nothing but praise from me. I wish him the best of luck for the RoC.

John Quint

July 29, 2008 9:54 AM

"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!" That quote proves that the droves of people constantly calling Webber a whining whinger are proved right, once again! He really should be more positive and enthusiastic, what''s wrong with him? (note: sorry if anyones sarcasm detector literally exploded)



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