Mon 14 September 2009
13-times Grand Prix winner to race for Britain alongside Jenson Button and Andy Priaulx
David Coulthard has become the third British driver to be confirmed for this year’s Race Of Champions, which takes place at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 14 December. The Scot, who retires from F1 competition at the end of the weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, will join fellow F1 star Jenson Button and triple World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx as the best drivers in the world compete for the title of “Champion of Champions.”
In The Race of Champions the competitors – who include seven-times F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher and four-times World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb – race head-to-head in identical cars for both individual glory and for the pride of their country, on a specially-built tarmac course constructed within Wembley Stadium.
Coulthard, who has taken part in The Race of Champions for the past four years, is the first of two drivers to be confirmed as racing for Team F1 Racing Great Britain in The ROC Nations Cup. Button and Priaulx will race for Team Autosport Great Britain in the event, while Coulthard’s team-mate will be announced at a later date.
"I've enjoyed coming to The Race of Champions immensely for the last few years,” said the Scot. “After a long, hard season, it's great to be able to kick back with an event that's so much fun. Without the pressure of the F1 season, we can really relax and have fun with our driving, and that can only mean a great spectacle for the fans, so it's also a chance for us to give something back to them for their support.”
Coulthard will represent Great Britain alongside Jenson Button and Andy Priaulx
Fredrik Johnsson, President of Event Organisers IMP, said of Coulthard’s involvement:
”David has been a great competitor and animator in the last four years of The Race of Champions, and everybody is delighted he can make it again this year. He is such a great personality and appreciated by fans and fellow competitors alike. Although David has now decided to retire from Formula 1 we sincerely hope that he will continue to compete in The Race of Champions for many years to come!”
Tickets for The Race of Champions are on sale now by calling 0844 412 1743, or online at www.raceofchampions.com. Adult prices start at £18 and child tickets at £9.