Wed 02 January 2019
Freestyle MotoX riders and stunt aces on two wheels and four will headline a packed programme of shows accompanying the Race Of Champions – on January 19-20 at the Foro Sol, the amphitheatre forming part of Mexico City’s Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez Formula 1 circuit.
The Race Of Champions weekend is always a veritable feast of entertainment from start to finish, and the action doesn’t even stop in the gaps between the head-to-head races contested by some of the world’s greatest drivers. The fans packing out Mexico City’s Foro Sol will also be treated to stunning shows by a host of skilful performers.
The Freestyle Masters Mexico FMX riders will take to the skies above the Foro Sol, showing off their amazing stunts. The team will be made up of Mexican riders Alex Cervantes, Andrés Ontiveros and José Manuel Davila plus Colombia’s Esteban Sánchez – all bidding to outdo each other with their repertoire of tricks including Córdoba flips, cliffhangers, underflips and more.
There will also be mayhem from the Race Of Champions Test and Stunt Driver Terry Grant (pictured below) – who has amassed dozens of Guinness World Records down the years including such feats as the fastest ever mile in reverse, the tightest parallel parking and the most people in a car travelling on two wheels. Fans at the Foro Sol should expect the unexpected as Terry demonstrates the full extent of what can be achieved on four wheels. Just don’t expect safety belts to be fastened at all times…
Another Guinness World Record holder in action at ROC Mexico will be professional freestyle stunt rider Lee Bowers, whose shows are fuelled by high octane stunts with signature tricks such as super front flips, headstands, superman, acrobatics, drifts, wheelies and burnouts.
There will also be a Supercar Parade with cars which have featured in the classic Mexican border-to-border race, the Carrera Panamericana. Race fans will also have the chance to make visits to the ROC Paddock to see the cars and drivers up close, along with autograph sessions and more.
If all that’s not enough, to ensure there is never a break in the action there will be DJs, cheerleaders and much more besides. The Race Of Champions is a non-stop show from start to finish and plenty of other entertainment to keep the race fans on the edge of their seats. At ROC the fun never stops…
ROC President Fredrik Johnsson said: “At the Race Of Champions we always treat our crowds to a feast of entertainment and this year is no exception. It will be great to have the Freestyle Masters Mexico FMX riders showing off their skills as they fly high into the skies of the Foro Sol. And whether you prefer four wheels or two, Terry Grant and Lee Bowers will show just what can be achieved when you don’t bother to keep all those wheels on the ground. Add in our Supercar Parade plus cheerleaders and DJs and at ROC Mexico we can guarantee action, spectacle and noise galore – and that’s not even to mention the main event…”
The Race Of Champions is an annual contest which has a history dating back over 30 years. It brings together many of the world’s greatest drivers from motorsport’s major disciplines – including Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar, Le Mans and RallyX – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery.
The Foro Sol will join a list of prestigious venues to have hosted ROC since 1988 – including Beijing’s Bird’s Nest and London’s Olympic stadiums, Stade de France in Paris, Wembley Stadium in London, Miami’s Marlins Park plus a wide range of exotic locations all over the world from Bangkok to Barbados to Riyadh.
The event enjoys a rich record of attracting global superstars from every corner of motorsport. This year’s field features Formula 1 legends Sebastian Vettel and David Coulthard, ‘Mr Le Mans’ Tom Kristensen, triple Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves, reigning FIA World RallyX Champion Johan Kristoffersson, FIA Formula E Champion Lucas di Grassi plus FIA F3 European Champion Mick Schumacher and Mexican racers Memo Rojas, Daniel Suárez, Benito Guerra and Patricio O’Ward.
Now the greats of Mexican motorsport have the chance to race some of the world’s best drivers – all in ROC’s identical machinery. The competitors will take to the track in a stunning range of supercars that have been specially prepared for ROC to push them to the absolute limit. To prevail, they will have to master this mix of machines, forcing them to adapt their driving style as they make regular switches between cars and putting all their hard-earned skills to the test. It makes for a thrilling spectacle, with head-to-head races often decided by fractions of a second – as the screams of the crowd compete for supremacy with the screams of the engines…
The Race Of Champions is run over two days: first comes the ROC Nations Cup (on Saturday January 19) when drivers pair up in teams based on nationality – including the hosts Mexico – to bid for the title of ‘World’s Fastest Nation’. Then on Sunday January 20 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.
Ticket prices start at just $1,450 pesos for two days of non-stop action. For access to rights-free high-resolution imagery and to keep up with all the latest news ahead of ROC Mexico please visit www.raceofchampions.com, Race Of Champions on Facebook plus @raceofchampions and #ROCMexico on Twitter.