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Old 9 Mar 2005, 04:26 (Ref:1247361)   #1
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Webber encourages young drivers to avoid V8's!

Webber revs up young wannabes
By Guy Hand
March 7, 2005

MARK Webber has urged young Australian racers to test themselves overseas and take heart from the example of the their compatriots breaking through in numbers in world motorsports.

The latest is V8 Supercar champion Marcos Ambrose, who will attempt to break into NASCAR racing in the US next year.

Webber remains the highest-profile Australian race driver abroad, finishing a creditable fifth in the season opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix yesterday.

But Australia also has Queenslander Chris Atkinson in the World Rally Championship, Sydneysider Ryan Briscoe driving in North America's premier open-wheel category, and several motorcycle riders in Moto GP and world superbikes.

Would-be top-line race drivers should test themselves on the world stage instead of immediately going into V8 Supercars, as some younger drivers have done in recent years, Webber said.

Most of V8 racing's premier drivers cut their teeth in Europe before returning to touring car racing, including Ambrose, Steven Richards and Russell Ingall.

"Sometimes I get a bit frustrated that the guys have the carrot of the V8s in front of them very early and they don't want to go to Europe," Webber said.

"They just see the comfort zone of racing touring cars here and they don't go any further.

"They should ignore the touring cars for longer and go to Europe."

Webber said he was proud to see other Australians perform well in overseas motor sports categories.

"No question about it we've got the talent down here we've got the people to do the job," Webber said.

"You've got to earn your respect in Europe.

"Will Power's doing that (driving open-wheelers in Europe).

"He's trying over there and he's working hard.

"We've got Chris Atkinson doing well in the rally cars, Mick Doohan killed them on the bikes, we've got sprint car drivers doing well, Jason Crump on dirt bikes.

"Of course we can do it. Motor racing in Australia is a passion of ours and I love watching Australians doing well in other motor sport categories.

"If we've got people in those categories, it's only going to help youngsters to have a dream and have the passion to come through."

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Old 9 Mar 2005, 05:18 (Ref:1247382)   #2
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It is up for the other drivers to choose whether they want to be conservative and comfortable in going with the 'easy' and safe option.

But i agree with him, even though i and many others would not be able to predict how well Richards, Lowndes and co would have done had they not have been in the V8s to start with.
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Old 9 Mar 2005, 05:47 (Ref:1247394)   #3
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Its ok for Webber to go on about our drivers going overseas maybe he would like to fund a few more, thats the main reason most guys get in the comfort zone. A good healthy living and life style can be had here in Australia racing Taxis. Lets face it half the F1 drivers on the grid have still to come up with the bucks to race in F1 today.
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Old 9 Mar 2005, 09:26 (Ref:1247523)   #4
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I think Mark is saying that young drivers shouldn't drop the dream of racing on the world scene for the v8's. Australia's future world motorsport heroes are going to have to come from somewhere.

Mark would know better than any of us the need for coins when racing overseas.

Its great to hear Mark commenting on the Aus motorsport scene and especially having an opinion regarding the v8's, which is not heard enough in Aus.
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Old 9 Mar 2005, 10:15 (Ref:1247562)   #5
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Webber's right. If you dream of F1, then don't drive V8s.

Whilst V8 pay well if you are good, it won't get you a drive with Mr. Williams.

Drivers who have done the hard yards in Europe or America - Perkins, Ingall, Ambrose, Lowndes, Bright, etc are better drivers for the experience.
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It's a lot harder to get a ride in V8's now anyway, particularly with reducing grid sizes.
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Old 9 Mar 2005, 10:52 (Ref:1247597)   #7
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In Brazil we are starting to have in interesting situation now with the Stock Car Series growing and hiring professional drivers as never before. So, you have some young boys turning their minds to touring cars, once is almost impossible to find funds to race single seaters in Europe... The thing is that racing in Europe without the right management or without been part of any driver development program is getting harder and harder every season.
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Old 9 Mar 2005, 20:29 (Ref:1248106)   #8
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It is up for the other drivers to choose whether they want to be conservative and comfortable in going with the 'easy' and safe option.

But i agree with him, even though i and many others would not be able to predict how well Richards, Lowndes and co would have done had they not have been in the V8s to start with.
Since Steven Richards didn't actually do any racing in Europe when he was over there, I'm surprised he's being used as an example.
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Old 9 Mar 2005, 20:32 (Ref:1248108)   #9
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carbontub: do young Australian Footballers tell themselves than playing in the former NSL (A League?) is an acceptable choice or do they risk going to Europe to chase the big bucks to play with the best in the world?

Lets not encourage our young drivers to emulate Americans.
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Old 9 Mar 2005, 22:19 (Ref:1248194)   #10
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Did Allan Moffat respond to Webber's comments at all?

IIRC, there was something on Sports Tonight a few nights back that mentioned Webber and Moffat having a verbal clash. Can anyone confirm?
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Old 10 Mar 2005, 01:52 (Ref:1248280)   #11
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Steven Richards drove for the factory Nissan team in the BTCC (about '96?) which made him the driver he is today.
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Old 10 Mar 2005, 02:27 (Ref:1248289)   #12
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I would like to see Webber give a $ start to some up-a-comming Australian drivers.
Or at least an introduction to the right people.

I wonder if he will ever grace the V8's with an endurance drive (like Courtney), assuming that he is even allowed to at this stage.

I am actually surprised that Ford didn't put him in one of their cars when he was driving for Jaguar.

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Old 10 Mar 2005, 02:51 (Ref:1248297)   #13
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Didnt Webber turn down an HRT enduro drive offer in 2000 which came about through his then TWR/Arrows links?
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Old 10 Mar 2005, 03:04 (Ref:1248300)   #14
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Courtney turned down a DJR endurance drive a number of years ago, citing it would not benefit him at all.

Young guys should aim overseas but with financial support not forthcoming and running the risk of being bankrupt or amounting huge debts racing locally seems to be a logical decision.

Can't Webber with his finger sercured in the big dirty F1 pie start some sort Mark Webber Apprentice program? Help a up and coming aussie racer into a euro seat?
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Old 10 Mar 2005, 03:33 (Ref:1248304)   #15
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Webber turned down a bathurst drive i think it was with HRT, saying he had nothing to gain but everything to loose if things went bad with the race.
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