Former Formula 1 driver Mark Webber has it pretty good these days.
Every now and then you’ll see ol’ “Aussie Grit” pop up to promote the latest high-performance Porsche product before retreating back to into retirement. His latest appearance was at the Mount Panorama Circuit at Bathurst over the weekend, where he took the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport for a rip up the world famous mountain to the delight of the Aussie fans in attendance.
“The last time I drove at Bathurst was 24 years ago in the Formula Ford,” Webber said in a statement. “Driving now on this wonderful circuit with this sports car was a sensational experience for me. It’s incredible how much punch the engine has. Although I wasn’t driving at the maximum racing speed, I still reached 296 km/h at the end of the straight. Crazy!”
Porsche debuted the GT2 RS Clubsport at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show late last year. A rich man’s track day special, the GT2 RS Clubsport makes over 700 hp from its twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six and also features an FIA-spec roll cage, Michelin slick tires, fire suppression equipment, and other racing equipment. Just 200 units will be built.
Many prominent motorsports figures were in Bathurst this past weekend to watch and participate in the 12 Hours of Bathurst. The race was won by Porsche driver Matt Campbell, who shared his No. 912 Porsche 911 GT3 entry with German driver Dirk Werner and Norwegian Dennis Olsen. It marked the first time Porsche has ever won the grueling endurance event.
a version of this article first appeared on vwvortex.com