German television station SAT.1 will broadcast the Race Of Champions in Düsseldorf’s ESPRIT arena on 3rd and 4th December. The station’s popular sport programme ‘ran’ will bring a round-up on Saturday and Sunday while the TV audience can look forward to multi-hour live coverage of the battles between the best drivers of the world. The cooperation between the organisers and SAT.1 was arranged by the sport-rights agency SPORTFIVE.
Sven Froberg, Director of the SAT.1 sport programme, said: “The Race Of Champions guarantees spectacular, thrilling racing action and perfect entertainment. With F1 champions Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher in action, it is a must-see date for German racing fans.”
“The 2011 Race Of Champions promises to provide motor racing at its best and excitement up to the very last race,” added Patrik Meyer, Managing Director of TSP – The Sports Promoters GmbH. “As organisers, we are truly delighted to have arranged for SAT.1 to be our TV partner. Thanks to this deal, all motor racing fans can look forward to competent and extensive coverage of this grand finale of the motorsport season.”
Race organiser Fredrik Johnsson said: “We are delighted to have lined up SAT.1 to provide coverage of this year's Race Of Champions. SAT.1 is one of Europe's most prestigious broadcasters covering a wide range of sports including Champions League football. Now the champions of motorsport will be added to that portfolio in December courtesy of four hours of primetime coverage. We will ensure that any German fans who are unable to make it to the stadium in Düsseldorf will have access to world class TV production on SAT.1 alongside all the international broadcasters showing ROC across the Globe.”
The Race Of Champions is an event held annually at the end of the season and contested by the best drivers from a wide range of motor racing disciplines: from Formula 1 and DTM through World Rally Championship, World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to the X-Games. And they all have to prove their skills in face-to-face battles. A huge effort is made to turn Düsseldorf’s ESPRIT arena – solely for this event – into a motor racing venue. On the purpose-built circuit, the champions will battle it out in identical vehicles. On Saturday (3rd December), drivers will team up to represent their home countries in the battle for the ROC Nations Cup. Then on Sunday it’s every man for himself: all the motor racing superstars involved will give their very best to secure the ‘Champion of Champions’ title.
Drivers already confirmed for the 2011 Race Of Champions:
- Sebastian VETTEL, Reigning Formula 1 World Champion
- Michael SCHUMACHER, Seven-time Formula 1 World Champion
- Mattias EKSTROM, DTM star and triple ROC Champion of Champions
- Andy PRIAULX, Three-time World Touring Car Champion
- Jenson BUTTON, 2009 Formula 1 World Champion