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Evans planning on second season of GP2 in 2014

"Either mountain biking or running is my best and my least favourite was probably the kayaking, just feels like you put some much effort in for such little return with speed," he laughed, sounding every inch a motor racing driver who loves all things fast.

Evans added that he was sad to see Webber retire from Grand Prix racing at the end of the 2013 season, but that he fully supported the Australian's decision to end his time in F1 at the moment of his choosing.

"He's had an amazing innings but just like anyone is life there's time to start a new chapter in your life, and now is that time for him," said Evans, who agreed that Webber's success in the sport had been a massive influence on and inspiration for his own career.

"Mark has been massively supportive and helpful in all areas," said Evans. "He is looked up to by most Aussie and Kiwi youngsters, but not only for his skills on track but also his professionalism out of the car.

"There are always young drivers trying to follow the footsteps of Mark," he added. "But it's so tough for us to make opportunities happen and many get left behind."

Webber himself is moving on from F1 to join Porsche's new LMP1 sportscar programme in 2014. As for the sporting challenge that bears his name, that's taking a hiatus next year but Webber and his fellow event organisers hope that it will be back even bigger and better in 2015.

"We have now reached the end of a three-year partnership agreement with Tourism Tasmania, and as I embark on the next stage of my on-track career it was a natural opportunity for it to take a break in 2014," explained Webber after this weekend's event.

"Next year will also see an important next step in the development of the Challenge," he added. "We are already working on plans for a new concept that will extend its reach to a wider audience."

Latest news and developments about the Mark Webber Challenge - which has been seen by an estimated 400 million TV viewers across 120 countries - can be found at www.markwebberchallenge.com. The event raises funds for the Whitelion youth charity and the Save the Tassie Devil Appeal.

Read the full Q&A with Mitch Evans



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Rough rapids sent some kayakers over during the river run in Mount Field on day four of the Challenge. (Photo Credit: Perfect Prints, with thanks to WGMedia)
Rough rapids sent some kayakers over during the river run in Mount Field on day four of the Challenge. (Photo Credit: Perfect Prints, with thanks to WGMedia)
Rough rapids sent some kayakers over during the river run in Mount Field on day four of the Challenge. (Photo Credit: Perfect Prints, with thanks to WGMedia)
Picking a trail through the rocks around Mount Field on the fourth day of the Mark Webber Challenge. (Photo Credit: Perfect Prints, with thanks to WGMedia)
Mitch Evans competing in the 2013 Mark Webber Challenge in Tasmania. December 2013. (Photo Credit: Perfect Prints, with thanks to WGMedia)
Mitch Evans competing in the 2013 Mark Webber Challenge in Tasmania. December 2013. (Photo Credit: Perfect Prints, with thanks to WGMedia)
Mitch Evans competing in the 2013 Mark Webber Challenge in Tasmania. December 2013. (Photo Credit: Perfect Prints, with thanks to WGMedia)
Mitch Evans competing in the 2013 Mark Webber Challenge in Tasmania. December 2013. (Photo Credit: Perfect Prints, with thanks to WGMedia)
Mitch Evans competing in the 2013 Mark Webber Challenge in Tasmania. December 2013. (Photo Credit: Perfect Prints, with thanks to WGMedia)
Mitch Evans competing in the 2013 Mark Webber Challenge in Tasmania. December 2013. (Photo Credit: Perfect Prints, with thanks to WGMedia)
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