Webber gears up for youth challenge event

Mark Webber
Mark Webber

Race ace Mark Webber is taking time out from his season with Porsche to host a special event for schoolkids at Silverstone.

The 37-year-old Aussie lives in Aston Clinton and is patron for the Aylesbury College Trust which raises funds for students who cannot afford to attend college.

Having ended his F1 career in the autumn, Webber was inspired to help out youngsters, to follow in his father’s footsteps.

He said: “My dad did a similar thing in Australia, giving some people who need it, a leg up.

“So there’s loads of colleges coming to Silverstone for teamwork challenges and we’re having a business lunch at the British Racing Drivers’ Club. Anyone with a slight twist for racing, will know that’s a big thing.

“I often see youths cruising around the area and so we want to give them a heads up that education is important.”

The Mark Webber Youth Challenge takes place on May 29 with pupils from Bucks New University, Amersham and Wycombe College and Aylesbury College.

After a podium finish at Silverstone last month, Webber said his change of lanes to the World Endurance Championship has gone ‘better than expected’.

He said: “To taste some champagne in the first race wasn’t planned!”