Tue 09 December 2014
Following today’s draw at Bushy Park, many exciting head-to-heads lie ahead for Sunday’s Race Of Champions – including Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen racing 2014 Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay and six-time V8 Supercar Champion Jamie Whincup drawn together with F1 star and reigning ROC Champion of Champions Romain Grosjean plus five-time 500cc MotoGP World Champion Mick Doohan and 13-time F1 grand prix winner David Coulthard. This is how they will all line up…
Following the ROC Nations Cup on Saturday December 13 there will be the first ever ROC Caribbean, in which host nation Team Barbados take on teams from Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago. The driver from Barbados who sets the fastest time in the ROC Caribbean group stage in the same car will qualify for Sunday’s Race Of Champions. The other Caribbean representative on Sunday will be the driver from Jamaica, Guyana or Trinidad & Tobago who sets the fastest time in the group stage of Saturday’s ROC Caribbean in the same car. They will then have the chance to take on the assembled field of legends of world motor sport.
Nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen announced his retirement from the World Endurance Championship last month but he will now look to finish his year in style. The Dane has reached the last two Race Of Champions Grand Finals but if he wants to go one step further he must avenge his Bangkok defeat by Formula 1’s Romain Grosjean, the reigning ROC Champion of Champions (pictured).
The ROC 2014 field includes this year’s Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, who will partner NASCAR champion Kurt Busch for Team USA. The pair will have to compete against drivers including Hunter-Reay’s own brother-in-law Robby Gordon, a seven-time off-road champion who has raced just about everything on four wheels.
A host of 2014 champions will join them in Barbados – including FIA World Touring Car Champion José Maria ‘Pechito’ Lopez, FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg, FIA GP2 Champion Jolyon Palmer, FIA European F3 Champion Esteban Ocon and V8 Supercars ace Jamie Whincup, who took a record sixth title this year.
The Australian will join forces with five-time 500cc MotoGP World Champion Mick Doohan in the ROC Nations Cup. But competition will be fierce, not least from Team Scotland’s pairing of 13-time F1 grand prix winner David Coulthard and Williams F1 official test driver Susie Wolff, ROC’s first ever female competitor. Also in action is the Mercedes F1 team’s reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein, who became the youngest ever DTM race winner this year and was fastest in November’s Abu Dhabi F1 test.
Or perhaps host nation Barbados (Rhett Watson and Dane Skeete) can surprise all the racing royalty assembled on the island with a win in front of their own fans?
For the stars, there’s no place to hide. It’s a knockout tournament so mistakes prove terminal – but there’s no blaming the machinery because everyone gets the same kit. They all believe they’re the best but there can be only one ‘Champion of Champions’. So who will come out on top? Watch next weekend’s Race Of Champions at Bushy Park Barbados to find out…
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