Webber looking to resurrect Tasmanian challenge
"We’re in the throes of finalising a deal"
Mark Webber is looking to resurrect his outdoor adventure challenge.
The Australian’s last multi-discipline charity event in Tasmania, comprising cycling, trekking and kayaking in harsh terrain, took place after the 2008 season.
Webber badly broke his leg in a mountain bike stage, which derailed his winter testing programme and threatened his entire career, amid rumours it was Red Bull Racing who ordered the event be cancelled for subsequent years.
But the 34-year-old said at the time that it was actually the global financial crisis that caused the event to lapse, due to the expiry of major sponsorship contracts.
The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper indicated that the next Mark Webber Challenge could be held in late 2011 - after his current contract with Red Bull runs out.
When asked last week what he plans for his retirement, Webber answered: "We’re looking at reintroducing my Tasmania challenge - in fact, we’re in the throes of finalising a deal which will hopefully see it return at the end of 2011."