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Mark Webber to quit racing but will stay on with Porsche

Former Formula One driver Mark Webber will be calling time on his racing career at the end of the World Endurance Championship season in November.

Having retired from F1 at the end of the 2013 campaign, the Australian switched to WEC with the Porsche factory team in the LMP1 category claiming the drivers' title last year with teammates Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard.

"I want to leave on a high," said Webber who will be taking the role of a 'special representative' for the German manufacturer to attend global events and act as a consultant for motorsport programmes.

"I'm looking forward to putting my 26 years' experience as a competitor to good use in my new role within the company," he said.

He's currently fourth in this year's championship, after winning the last three races, with three rounds remaining in what is his third seaon in the series, where he has earned 7 victories.

"I'm hoping we can continue our good form and finish this year strongly," he said.

Webber will also continue to work with his sponsor Red Bull, an association that will run into its tenth year in 2017, and with television broadcasters. The Australian driver had raced in F1 for Minardi, Jaguar, Williams and Red Bull Racing, staying with the latter from 2007 to 2013.

"Of course hanging up my professional racing helmet is a very big decision but the timing is right for me – you certainly view things a bit differently when you get a bit older and your priorities in life change," said the 40-year-old. "As with my F1 career, it’s nice to making the decision on my own terms."

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