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Stars ready for the Race Of Champions in London

Tue 17 November 2015

Stars ready for the Race Of Champions in London

Stars ready for the Race Of Champions in London
  • The draw for this weekend’s Race Of Champions in London’s former Olympic Stadium has thrown up some intriguing head-to-head encounters
  • Saturday’s individual race will see Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button take on fellow F1 ace Felipe Massa in front of the London crowds
  • 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 David Coulthard and Susie Wolff
  • They will race greats from Le Mans, IndyCar and Touring Cars in identical machinery on ROC’s all-new Olympic cycling-style pursuit track
  • Tickets are still available from www.raceofchampions.com for the action on Friday and Saturday in London but get in quick!

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.

Ella Eyre meets stunt driver Terry Grant



Race Of Champions draw (Saturday afternoon, November 21)



Round 1

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)



Quarter-finals

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)



ROC Nations Cup draw (Friday evening, November 20)



Round 1

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



Quarter-finals

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.

ROC London 2015

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’.

Tickets for ROC 2015 in London are still 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.

 

Driver line-up for the 2015 Race Of Champions:

  • Sebastian VETTEL, four-time Formula 1 World Champion (Team Germany)
  • Nico HÜLKENBERG, 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours winner (Team Germany)
  • Tom KRISTENSEN, nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner (Team Nordic)
  • Petter SOLBERG, reigning FIA World Rallycross Champion (Team Nordic)
  • Daniel RICCIARDO, three-time Formula 1 grand prix winner (Team Australia)
  • Mick DOOHAN, five-time 500cc MotoGP World Champion (Team Australia)
  • Felipe MASSA, 11-time Formula 1 grand prix winner (Team Brazil)
  • Nelson PIQUET Jr, reigning FIA Formula E Champion (Team Brazil)
  • David COULTHARD, reigning ROC Champion of Champions (Team Scotland)
  • Susie WOLFF, Williams Martini Racing Official Test Driver (Team Scotland)
  • Jorge LORENZO, double MotoGP World Champion (Team All Stars)
  • Romain GROSJEAN, 2012 ROC Champion of Champions (Team All Stars)
  • Jolyon PALMER, 2014 GP2 Champion (Team Young Stars)
  • Pascal WEHRLEIN, 2015 DTM Champion (Team Young Stars)
  • Ryan HUNTER-REAY, 2014 Indianapolis 500 Winner (Team Americas)
  • José Maria LÓPEZ, double World Touring Car Champion (Team Americas)
  • Jason PLATO, double British Touring Car Champion (Team England 1)
  • Andy PRIAULX, triple World Touring Car Champion (Team England 1)
  • Alex BUNCOMBE, 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series Champion (Team England 2)
  • Jenson BUTTON, 2009 Formula 1 World Champion (Team England 2)

 

Full line-up for the 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
  • Mike TINDALL, 2003 Rugby World Cup winner for England
  • Ella EYRE, MOBO award-winning singer/songwriter
  • Joey ESSEX, British television personality
  • Jon-Allan BUTTERWORTH, multiple medal-winning Paralympic cyclist
  • Joko WINTERSCHEIDT, German television personality
  • Katarina JOHNSON-THOMPSON, Olympic heptathlete for Team GB
  • Denise LEWIS, Olympic gold medallist in heptathlon
  • Greg RUTHERFORD, Olympic gold medallist in long jump

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