Tue 17 November 2015
The draw for the Race Of Champions at London’s former Olympic Stadium this weekend (Friday 20 November and Saturday 21 November) has thrown up some mouth-watering matches as some of the world’s greatest drivers bid for the title of ‘Champion of Champions’.
MOBO award-winning singer-songwriter Ella Eyre (pictured above with Jason Plato) carried out the draw earlier today at the iconic London venue, the home of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. And there are already a number of ties guaranteed to quicken the pulse of any race fan.
With a total of 20 competitors, London is playing host to the biggest event in the history of the Race Of Champions – featuring some of the world’s best drivers from series including Formula 1, Le Mans, IndyCar, Rallycross and Touring Cars.
Saturday’s individual race will see Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button take on fellow F1 ace Felipe Massa in front of his home fans in London. Four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel and reigning FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg have also been drawn together.
Another all-F1 battle sees Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hülkenberg face off while there is an all-Scottish match-up between last year’s ROC Champion of Champions David Coulthard and Susie Wolff, who will be making her last racing appearance.
Friday evening’s ROC Nations Cup has also thrown up some fascinating ties. Team Germany’s Vettel and Hülkenberg have been drawn against Team Australia’s Mick Doohan and Ricciardo in the quarter-finals – and the first race will see former Red Bull Racing team-mates Vettel and Ricciardo going head-to-head in equal machinery for the first time in a year.
Then the atmosphere in London’s former Olympic Stadium will get even more heated as last year’s ROC Nations Cup finalists Team Scotland (Coulthard and Wolff) take on Team England 2’s Button and Alex Buncombe in front of their partisan supporters.
José Maria López v Ryan Hunter-Reay (Match A)
Pascal Wehrlein v Andy Priaulx (Match B)
Mick Doohan v Bradley Philpot (Match C)
Alex Buncombe v Jolyon Palmer (Match D)
Sebastian Vettel v Petter Solberg
Daniel Ricciardo v Nico Hülkenberg
Jenson Button v Felipe Massa
David Coulthard v Susie Wolff
Tom Kristensen v Nelson Piquet Jr
Romain Grosjean v Jason Plato
Winner Match A (López/Hunter-Reay) v Winner Match B (Wehrlein/Priaulx)
Winner Match B (Doohan/Philpot) v Winner Match D (Buncombe/Palmer)
Team ENGLAND 1 v Team BRAZIL (Match A)
Andy Priaulx v Nelson Piquet Jr
Jason Plato v Felipe Massa
Team ALL STARS v Team YOUNG STARS (Match B)
Romain Grosjean v Pascal Wehrlein
Chris Hoy v Jolyon Palmer
Team NORDIC v Team AMERICAS
Tom Kristensen v José Maria López
Petter Solberg v Ryan Hunter-Reay
Team AUSTRALIA v Team GERMANY
Daniel Ricciardo v Sebastian Vettel
Mick Doohan v Nico Hülkenberg
Team ENGLAND 2 v Team SCOTLAND
Alex Buncombe v Susie Wolff
Jenson Button v David Coulthard
Winner Match A v Winner Match B
Priaulx/Piquet Jr v Grosjean/Wehrlein
Plato/Massa v Hoy/Palmer
NB Matches in the ROC Nations Cup are best-of-three, with the two winning drivers racing in the third heat if required. After the quarter-finals it’s a straight knockout with further best-of-three matches leading to the semi-finals and the final.
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 IndyCar – 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’.
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Driver line-up for the 2015 Race Of Champions:
Full line-up for the ROC Celebrity Skills Challenge presented by TAG Heuer: