Jeroen Bleekemolen and Bertrand Baguette will compete for Team Benelux at this month’s Race Of Champions after winning a public vote to decide the most popular drivers from The Netherlands and Belgium
After over 10,000 votes were cast, Bleekemolen came out on top of the Dutch poll, pipping rivals Tom Coronel and Robert Doornbos
For Belgium, Baguette was the winner over François Duval and Eric van de Poele
The duo join a dazzling ROC 2010 line-up that includes seven-time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher, seven-time world rally champion Sébastien Loeb and 2010 F1 title contender Sebastian Vettel
Team Benelux will head to the 2010 Race of Champions in Düsseldorf on November 27-28 with a pairing of Jeroen Bleekemolen and Bertrand Baguette after thousands of fans voted for their favourite drivers at www.raceofchampions.com.
Out of over 10,000 votes, two-time Porsche Supercup champion Bleekemolen (29.6%) overcame strong opposition from Tom Coronel (25.8%) and Robert Doornbos (25.7%) to take the Dutch vote. In the battle of the Belgians, 2009 World Series by Renault champion Baguette (36.8%) fought off François Duval (31.0%) and Eric van de Poele (22.6%).
The pair join a driver roll call including multiple F1 world champions Michael Schumacher and Alain Prost, seven-time world rally king Sébastien Loeb, five-time world 500cc motorcycling champion Mick Doohan, eight-time Le Mans 24-Hour race winner Tom Kristensen, X-Games legend Travis Pastrana and 2010 F1 title contender Sebastian Vettel.
Bleekemolen said: “I'm really looking forward to being able to represent my country in The Race of Champions. It's an honour to race against such big names of this sport. And of course I want to do really well, especially for all the fans that voted for me!”
Baguette added: “This is great news and I’m delighted that so many people voted for me to appear at ROC 2010. It will be a real buzz to line up against these legends of motor sport and Jeroen and I will push like crazy to bring home a result for Team Benelux.”
The Race of Champions has been staged every year since 1988, founded by IMP President Fredrik Johnsson and Michèle Mouton, the world’s most successful female rally driver.
Johnsson said: “Thanks to everyone who voted for our Team Benelux line-up. We were overwhelmed by the response and we look forward to seeing Jeroen and Bertrand race in Düsseldorf later this month.”
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Drivers already confirmed for the 2010 Race of Champions:
Michael SCHUMACHER, Seven-time Formula 1 World Champion
Alain PROST, Four-time Formula 1 World Champion
Sébastien LOEB, Seven-time World Rally Champion
Mick DOOHAN, Five-time World 500cc Motorcycling Champion
Sebastian VETTEL, 2010 Formula 1 title contender
Tom KRISTENSEN, Eight-time Le Mans 24-Hour race winner
Heikki KOVALAINEN, Formula 1 grand prix winner
Andy PRIAULX, Three-time World Touring Car Champion
Jason PLATO, Two-time British Touring Car Champion
Alvaro PARENTE, GP2 race winner & Winner ROC South Europe 2010
Filipe ALBUQUERQUE, A1GP race winner & Winner ROC South Europe 2010