Mark Webber has been announced as the first 2018 inductee into the Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame.
The nine-time Formula 1 race winner will be formally inducted into the Aussie HoF at a Gala event on the Friday night of the Australian Grand Prix next March.
He joins the likes of Sir Jack Brabham, Alan Jones, Peter Brock, Mick Doohan, Casey Stoner, and Dick Johnson on the list of inductees added since the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport initiative was started back in 2016.
“For me to join the list of other inductees is very, very special,” said Webber.
“Obviously the list includes a lot of heroes of mine on the list
“I got lucky. I managed to get myself over [to Europe] and got a pretty good go at it. I had some pretty good people around me and everyone that has success has that story.
“It is great to be recognised for your efforts, clearly. Ninety nine per cent of my racing was done overseas and I am proud of that, but it is nice to be recognised for what we achieved and some of the results along the way.
“I am honoured, there is absolutely no question about it.”
According to Garry Connelly, Chairman of the Hall of Fame, Webber deserves to be recognised as one of the greats of Australian motorsport.
“Mark has been an tremendous ambassador for our sport and country for many, many years and it is a pleasure that we welcome him into the Hall of Fame,” said Connelly.
“He deserves his place alongside the greats that have flown the Australian flag."