Australian GP event organisers have honoured the achievements of hometown hero Mark Webber, by naming a grandstand in his honour.

The brand-new stand is located between the Fangio and Senna grandstands, and offers an aspect of the final corner, as well as the start/finish straight.

Webber has been a driver in unsurprising high demand since he touched down in Australia, visiting his home town of Queanbeyan on Monday where he was honoured with a motorcade parade through the town’s streets.

"Queanbeyan is proud of all of its sporting stars and is honoured to have such high-quality sports people representing it," said city Mayor Tim Overall.

"The people of Queanbeyan have followed Mark’s career closely and the town celebrated as one when he crossed the finish line in Germany to record his first Grand Prix victory. Such an amazing performance deserves to be honoured."

Webber was also present at a round of the National Rugby League championship, and watched his favourite team, the Canberra Raiders, storm to victory at their home ground.

Yesterday, Mark also paid a visit to Melbourne University with Red Bull Racing’s head of engineering, Paul Monaghan, to deliver a lecture to fourth-year and post-graduate mechanical engineering students.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.