Mark Webber Auditions to Be The Grand Tour's New Driver

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern

You may have heard that The Grand Tour has sacked their previous driver, Mike Skinner, also known as ‘The American’ for the second season of the show.

That means Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond are searching for a new racing driver to help them lap the latest supercars around their test track, comedically dubbed the Ebola Drome. Clarkson tracked down a rather handy wheelman in the way of Mark Webber, who is perfectly suited to the job after spending years in Formula 1 with Red Bull Racing and driving an LMP1 Porsche in the WEC.

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The only problem is that Webber remains a Porsche brand ambassador even after the German brand pulled the plug on its LMP1 program this year. He was perfectly happy to rip the 911 GT2 RS around the test track during his audition for The Grand Tour, but when it came time to drive is rival, the Mercedes-AMG GT R, well, let’s just say Webber’s objectivity went out the window.

Give this funny clip a watch above. If it leaves you craving more from Clarkson, Hammond, May and The Grand Tour, then be sure to tune into the first episode of the second season of the show when it airs on December 8th, 2017.

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Sam McEachern
Sam McEachern

Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.

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  • Smartacus Smartacus on Nov 21, 2017

    i wish they gave it to Ben Collins or Tiff Needel

  • Dhectorg Dhectorg on Dec 14, 2017

    I always hated "The American" segment. It was just stupid and insulting. I know it's largely a comedy show, but they should be able to find a seasoned driver with some comedy chops as well.