Mark Webber Appointed Le Mans 24 Hours Grand Marshal
Former Formula 1 motorsport star and Champions Motivational Speakers client, Mark Webber has been appointed as the Grand Marshal for the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours 2017 race. The Australian racing driver and 2015 FIA World Endurance Champion enjoyed a 22-year career in motorsport in its various formats and is thrilled to be given the role.
He said “I'm honoured to be asked to be the grand marshal. Of course, I will be favouring my beloved Porsche, but Toyota will be very hungry to get the outright victory. LMP2 looks good, and a record entry for manufacturers in GT, so it’s going to be a cracking event.”
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of the toughest motorsport events on the planet, first taking place in 1923. The race lasts for 24 hours and is generally regarded as the biggest tests of endurance and efficiency on circuit. This role gives Mark a variety of ceremonial duties including starting the race and presenting the trophy to the race winners.
Mark himself has competed in the event on five occasions, and was a runner up in the 2015 edition of the event. Throughout his career, Mark has always loved a challenge and his forays into different formats of motorsport shows testament to this. He is the most successful Australian racing driver in the history of the sport, winning nine races and achieving 42 podium finishes. He also has competed in more races than any other driver from his country with 215.
A fantastic motivational speaker, he is able to discuss a variety of topics during his speaking events including teamwork, determination and the importance of hard work. He was part of the Red Bull team that won four consecutive Constructors’ World Championships, and despite not being the number one driver in the team, he still ensured his performances did not dip in order to help the team achieve their goal. During his motivational speaking events, he can draw upon this experience to show people in a corporate environment that the team always comes first.
The Le Mans 24 Hour race takes place on 17 June 2017.