Australian Formula One driver, Mark Webber, has been given a taste of his new career in the World Endurance Championship by completing his first laps behind the wheel of Porsche’s LMP1 Le Mans challenger.

Having recently wrapped up his 12-year stint in F1, Webber will officially join Porsche’s factory team in January 2014, three months ahead of the first race of the WEC season.

Despite being under contract to Red Bull Racing until the end of the year, the 37-year-old was granted permission to participate in the final phase of Porsche’s 2013 testing programme at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarvein near Portimão, Portugal.

[blockquote cite=”Fritz Enzinger, Head of Porsche LMP1″] I’m delighted to have Mark in the team so early. Red Bull Racing has helped us considerably in allowing this[/blockquote]

“This is a major and important step for us all,” said Webber. “It allows me to integrate with the team quicker and to contribute to further developing the LMP1 race car. We have a long way to go and it involves a lot of hard work. I have no misconceptions at all.”

Porsche will enter two LMP1’s in the championship, with Webber joining a team of drivers that currently includes previous Le Mans winners Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas, as well as A1 champion Neel Jani.