Tue 20 October 2015
Formula 1 star Romain Grosjean has become the latest driver to sign up for the 2015 Race Of Champions on November 20-21 at London’s former Olympic Stadium.
Grosjean has taken a total of ten podiums for Lotus F1 Team – most recently at this year’s Belgian Grand Prix – ahead of his move to the all-new Haas F1 team for 2016. The Frenchman also has a fine record at the Race Of Champions, not least his run to the ‘Champion of Champions’ title at Bangkok in 2012. That day Grosjean saw off Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen in the Grand Final, having beaten F1 world champions Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel in quick succession along the way.
Now Grosjean will return for ROC 2015 in London – and Vettel will again be among the opposition alongside fellow current F1 racers Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hülkenberg and Felipe Massa, making a total of five drivers in action from this year’s F1 grid.
Kristensen will also be back in a ROC field that includes reigning World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg, reigning Formula E Champion Nelson Piquet Jr, British Touring Car great Jason Plato, Williams Martini Racing’s Official Test Driver Susie Wolff, reigning ROC Champion of Champions David Coulthard plus MotoGP world champions Mick Doohan and Jorge Lorenzo.
Grosjean said: “I'm delighted to be coming back to the Race Of Champions. This is a great event and there are so many reasons that we all want to return every year. The main thing is that everyone involved just loves racing and driving different cars – so trying out such a wide range of machinery is driving heaven for all of us.
“Then there’s the fact that you meet different champions and people you don’t have the chance to meet during the year. So we all have a lot of fun off the track but when we get in the cars everyone races at 100 percent – and I’m no different. Rest assured I’ll do everything to win the ‘Champion of Champions’ crown back next month.”
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 Formula 1, Le Mans, Rallycross, Touring Cars 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’.
ROC president Fredrik Johnsson said: “Romain has always been a strong performer at the Race Of Champions, and he proved his skill in style when he beat three of the world’s greatest ever drivers – Sebastian, Michael and Tom – to become Champion of Champions at Bangkok in 2012. That means he is sure to be one of the racers the others are keen to avoid in the draw. Hopefully we can now expect a sizeable French contingent in the crowd, to add to the cosmopolitan atmosphere in London’s former Olympic Stadium next month.”
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 Race Of Champions:
Sebastian VETTEL, four-time Formula 1 World Champion
Nico HÜLKENBERG, F1 star and 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours winner
Tom KRISTENSEN, nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner
Petter SOLBERG, reigning FIA World Rallycross Champion
Daniel RICCIARDO, three-time Formula 1 grand prix winner
Mick DOOHAN, five-time 500cc MotoGP World Champion
Felipe MASSA, 11-time Formula 1 grand prix winner
Nelson PIQUET Jr, reigning FIA Formula E Champion
David COULTHARD, reigning ROC Champion of Champions
Susie WOLFF, Williams Martini Racing Official Test Driver
Jason PLATO, double British Touring Car Champion
Jorge LORENZO, double MotoGP World Champion
Romain GROSJEAN, ten F1 podiums, 2012 ROC Champion of Champions
Drivers confirmed for 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
Ella EYRE, MOBO Award-winning singer-songwriter