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Next Friday’s ROC Nations Cup pits Formula 1 superstars in equal cars

Tue 10 November 2015

Next Friday’s ROC Nations Cup pits Formula 1 superstars in equal cars

Next Friday’s ROC Nations Cup pits Formula 1 superstars in equal cars
  • The draw for the ROC Nations Cup in London’s former Olympic Stadium on Friday November 20 has thrown up some tantalising head-to-head battles
  • Former Red Bull Racing team-mates Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo will race in the quarter-finals as Team Germany take on Team Australia
  • Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button will meet reigning ROC Champion of Champions David Coulthard as Team England 2 face Team Scotland
  • Newly-crowned MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo will switch to four wheels to battle next year’s Lotus F1 Team racer Jolyon Palmer
  • They will race greats from Le Mans, IndyCar, Rallycross, Touring Cars and MotoGP in identical machinery in a bid to find the world’s fastest nation
  • Tickets are still available from www.raceofchampions.com for next Friday’s ROC Nations Cup in London but get in quick!

The draw for the 2015 ROC Nations Cup at London’s former Olympic Stadium next Friday (November 20) has thrown up some stunning matches that will quicken the pulse of any race fan.

With a total of ten teams and 20 drivers, London is playing host to the biggest event in ROC Nations Cup history – featuring some of the world’s best drivers from series including F1, Le Mans, IndyCar, Rallycross, Touring Cars and MotoGP pairing up in teams based on country to bid for the title of ‘World’s Fastest Nation’. And the draw has already guaranteed some tantalising ties as the driving greats bid for glory.

Team Germany’s Sebastian Vettel and Nico Hülkenberg have been drawn against Team Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo and Mick Doohan in the quarter-finals – and the first race will see former Red Bull Racing team-mates Vettel and Ricciardo going head-to-head in equal machinery for the first time in a year.

Then the atmosphere in London’s former Olympic Stadium will get even more heated as last year’s ROC Nations Cup finalists Team Scotland (David Coulthard and Susie Wolff) take on Team England 2’s Jenson Button and Alex Buncombe. Once F1 rivals, Button and Coulthard will again battle for supremacy in the second heat as one of the oldest international rivalries in world sport plays out in unfamiliar sporting territory – in front of their passionate and partisan supporters.

 

Susie Wolff and David Coulthard celebrate on the Barbados podium

If that’s not enough to whet the appetite of home fans, how about England v Brazil? Team England 1 (Touring Car great Jason Plato with an as-yet-unnamed second driver) have been drawn against Team Brazil’s Felipe Massa and Nelson Piquet Jr in Round 1, which involves four teams racing off to reach the last eight.

Newly-crowned MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo will join forces with another former ROC Champion of Champions Romain Grosjean for Team All Stars. They will start their campaign against Team Young Stars: Jolyon Palmer (who will be replacing Grosjean at Lotus F1 Team next year) and 2015 DTM Champion Pascal Wehrlein.

There are two drivers still to be revealed – Jason Plato’s partner on Team England 1 and 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay’s partner on Team Americas.

ROC President Fredrik Johnsson said: “What a line-up we have in store for the ROC Nations Cup next Friday evening. Race fans will be as excited as I am to watch who comes out on top as Sebastian Vettel takes on Daniel Ricciardo in identical cars. We hope the home fans will then be at their partisan best as Jenson Button races David Coulthard and the classic England-Scotland rivalry resumes. With lots more enticing ties in the draw, it’s still not too late to get tickets – but now’s the time to get racing…”



ROC Nations Cup draw (taking place on the evening of Friday November 20)



Round 1

Team ALL STARS v Team YOUNG STARS (Match A)

Romain Grosjean v Pascal Wehrlein

Jorge Lorenzo v Jolyon Palmer

 

Team ENGLAND 1 v Team BRAZIL (Match B)

Driver 1 (tba) v Nelson Piquet Jr

Jason Plato v Felipe Massa



Quarter-finals

Team NORDIC v Team AMERICAS (Match A)

Tom Kristensen v Driver 1 (tba)

Petter Solberg v Ryan Hunter-Reay

 

Team AUSTRALIA v Team GERMANY

Daniel Ricciardo v Sebastian Vettel

Mick Doohan v Nico Hülkenberg

 

Team ENGLAND 2 v Team SCOTLAND

Alex Buncombe v Susie Wolff

Jenson Button v David Coulthard

 

Winner Match A v Winner Match B

Romain Grosjean/Pascal Wehrlein v Team England 1 Driver/Nelson Piquet Jr

Jorge Lorenzo/Jolyon Palmer v Jason Plato/Felipe Massa

 

 

NB All matches are best-of-three, with the two winning drivers racing in the third heat if required. After the quarter-finals it’s a straight knockout tournament with further best-of-three matches leading to the semi-finals and the final.

ROC London 2015

The Race Of Champions is an annual end-of-season contest which has been running for over 25 years. It brings together some of the world’s greatest drivers from motor sport’s major disciplines – including F1, Le Mans, Rallycross, Touring Cars, IndyCar and MotoGP – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery.

The event is run over two days: first comes the ROC Nations Cup (on the evening of Friday November 20) when drivers pair up in teams based on nationality to bid for the title of ‘World’s Fastest Nation’. Then on the afternoon of Saturday November 21 it’s time for the Race Of Champions itself, when teamwork goes out of the window and it’s a flat-out battle for individual glory as ‘Champion of Champions’.

In recent years ROC has visited the Stade de France in Paris (2004-2006), London’s Wembley Stadium (2007-2008), the ‘Bird’s Nest’ Olympic Stadium in Beijing (2009), Düsseldorf’s Esprit Arena (2010-2011), the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok (2012) and Bushy Park Barbados (2014). Now the contest is returning to its European roots at the iconic home of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Tickets for ROC 2015 in London are now available via www.raceofchampions.com. For access to rights-free high-resolution imagery and to keep up with all the latest news ahead of this year’s event please visit www.raceofchampions.com, Race Of Champions on Facebook plus @raceofchampions and #ROCLondon on Twitter.

 

Drivers confirmed for the 2015 ROC Nations Cup:

  • Sebastian VETTEL, four-time Formula 1 World Champion (Team Germany)
  • Nico HÜLKENBERG, 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours winner (Team Germany)
  • Tom KRISTENSEN, nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner (Team Nordic)
  • Petter SOLBERG, reigning FIA World Rallycross Champion (Team Nordic)
  • Daniel RICCIARDO, three-time Formula 1 grand prix winner (Team Australia)
  • Mick DOOHAN, five-time 500cc MotoGP World Champion (Team Australia)
  • Felipe MASSA, 11-time Formula 1 grand prix winner (Team Brazil)
  • Nelson PIQUET Jr, reigning FIA Formula E Champion (Team Brazil)
  • David COULTHARD, reigning ROC Champion of Champions (Team Scotland)
  • Susie WOLFF, Williams Martini Racing Official Test Driver (Team Scotland)
  • Jorge LORENZO, double MotoGP World Champion (Team All Stars)
  • Romain GROSJEAN, 2012 ROC Champion of Champions (Team All Stars)
  • Jolyon PALMER, 2014 GP2 Champion (Team Young Stars)
  • Pascal WEHRLEIN, 2015 DTM Champion (Team Young Stars)
  • Ryan HUNTER-REAY, 2014 Indianapolis 500 Winner (Team Americas)
  • Jason PLATO, double British Touring Car Champion (Team England 1)
  • Alex BUNCOMBE, 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series Champion (Team England 2)
  • Jenson BUTTON, 2009 Formula 1 World Champion (Team England 2)

 

Drivers confirmed for the ROC Celebrity Skills Challenge presented by TAG Heuer:

  • Chris HOY, six-time Olympic gold medallist in cycling
  • Ben AINSLIE, four-time Olympic gold medallist in sailing
  • Mike TINDALL, 2003 Rugby World Cup winner for England
  • Ella EYRE, MOBO award-winning singer/songwriter
  • Joey ESSEX, British television personality
  • Jon-Allan BUTTERWORTH, multiple medal-winning Paralympic cyclist

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