Event the best yet, says a rapt Webber

FORMULA one driver Mark Webber has rated the Tasmanian adventure race that carries his name as his best yet.

Last week's event attracted a record 40 teams, including some of the world's best adventure racers and Webber said Tasmania's scenery and weather did it proud.

"I didn't think it would be this big when I started it 10 years ago," he said.

"It's become way bigger than my wildest dreams.

"I'm rapt with this year's event, it's just gone so well. To have so many Olympians and past Olympians, as well as the adventure racing fraternity with world- class athletes here has just been great.

"The course was an awesome test for everyone and Tasmania continues to provide the perfect backdrop for this event.

"The weather we've had has just been the icing on the cake."

Webber said he was also pleased with the format of the race, won by Victorians Jarad Kohlar and James Pretto, and felt the size of the field was about right.

"With the amount of racing we've done here, the ruggedness of the terrain and how brutal the weather can be, that's about as many competitors as we can have as far as safety is concerned and having the exclusive element to it," Webber said.

"It was a huge week for everyone with some pretty long days. But I want it to be tough, as it's got to be an event that people turn up to and absolutely respect.

"I reckon we were pretty spot on this year with that. But we're not taking anything for granted or resting on our laurels. We've got to keep working hard."

Next year's race will be based on the West Coast and Webber said it had a great future.

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