Mark Webber and Eric Bana.
Mark Webber could be set for a return to Bathurst alongside an Olympic champion and a Hollywood star.
Barely two days after his final formula one grand prix in Brazil, Webber revealed his intention to compete in Australia's longest motor race on Twitter on Wednesday. Asked by a fan whether he will be driving for Porsche with Eric Bana at Bathurst's Mount Panorama track in February next year, Webber replied: ''No 2015''. Webber has moved from the Grand Prix circuit to a seat with Porsche in the World Endurance Championship, which will include the renowned 24 hours of Le Mans in France.
The nine-time Grand Prix winner told Fairfax Media in September he was considering a return to Australia for low-key events such as the Bathurst 12-hour event for production-based sportscars such as the Porsche 911 GT3.
"I've got some mates out here that want to muck around and do some 12-hour races and things like that. Let's see," he said. Webber has little experience at Bathurst compared with the majority of home-grown professional racers. He has never competed in the Bathurst 1000, but did drive a single-seat Formula Ford around the Mountain in 1995.
Bana, a petrolhead who starred in Love the Beast, a documentary that focused on his racing at Targa Tasmania is best known for his roles in Chopper, Black Hawk Down, Hulk, Munich and Troy. He has previously raced the Bathurst 12 Hour twice, and finished 10th in 2009, as well as the Targa Tasmania rallies and the Porsche GT3 challenge.
Olympic gold medallist and former ''Oarsome Foursome'' member James Tomkins finished first in celebrity support races at the Australian Grand Prix. Bathurst 12 Hour spokesman Richard Craill said the trio would be welcomed to the event. "We would love to see him here, absolutely," Craill says. "It would be huge for the event."
Porsche spokesman Paul Ellis says there are no official plans to put Webber on track in Australia. But he did not rule out supporting Webber in the 12-hour event.
"We have no plans for a Porsche works car, but as we do with anyone that enters that race in a Porsche we would certainly have the required technical and parts support," Ellis said.