Reigning ROC Champion of Champions Sébastien Loeb and 2022 eTouring Car World Cup Champion Adrien Tambay will compete at ROC Sweden on the snow and ice of Pite Havsbad on January 28-29, 2023
Loeb, the greatest driver in World Rally history, will also race with Tambay for Team France in the ROC Nations Cup, battling head-to-head with motorsport legends from all over the world on ROC’s iconic parallel track at this stunning venue on the frozen Baltic Sea
The ROC 2023 field already includes Team Germany’s Sebastian Vettel and Mick Schumacher, Team Finland’s Mika Hakkinen and Valtteri Bottas, Team USA’s Travis Pastrana and Tanner Foust, Team GB’s David Coulthard and Jamie Chadwick plus Team Norway’s reigning champions rallying father-and-son duo Petter and Oliver Solberg
Also in action are ‘Mr Le Mans’ Tom Kristensen, 2022 Formula 2 Champion Felipe Drugovich, IndyCar racer Felix Rosenqvist, World Rally star Thierry Neuville and five-time FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson, who will hope to seal home glory for Team Sweden
The final ROC Sweden driver line-up will be revealed in the run-up to the event, and tickets are still available from Tickster
Nine-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb will join the reigning FIA eTouring Car World Cup Champion Adrien Tambay in the line-up for the Race Of Champions on the snow and ice of Sweden’s Pite Havsbad on January 28-29, 2023.
The news means Loeb will be returning to defend the ROC Champion of Champions crown he won last year at the same stunning venue on the frozen Baltic Sea – after prevailing in the Grand Final against four-time F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel. That was Loeb’s fourth ROC victory, an all-time record he shares with fellow Frenchman Didier Auriol. Now Loeb has the chance to become the first driver to win ROC’s individual event five times if he can repeat the feat on the Swedish ice.
Ahead of the individual Race Of Champions on Sunday January 29, Loeb will join forces with fellow countryman Adrien Tambay for Team France in the ROC Nations Cup on Saturday January 28, when drivers pair up in teams based on nationality to bid for the title of ‘World’s Fastest Nation’.
To pull it off, Team France will have to see off motorsport greats from all over the world, not least the Nordic nations who may feel most at home at Pite Havsbad, just 60 miles from the Arctic Circle. These include Team Norway’s reigning champions, father-and-son World Rally stars Petter and Oliver Solberg, Team Finland’s double Formula 1 World Champion Mika Hakkinen and 10-time F1 grand prix winner Valtteri Bottas plus five-time FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson, who will hope to thrill the home crowds with a first ROC Nations Cup for Team Sweden.
The ROC 2023 field also includes Team Germany’s Sebastian Vettel and his fellow F1 star Mick Schumacher, Team USA’s extreme sports legend Travis Pastrana and rallycross ace Tanner Foust plus Team GB’s 13-time F1 grand prix winner David Coulthard and triple W Series Champion Jamie Chadwick. Then there’s ‘Mr Le Mans’ Tom Kristensen, reigning FIA Formula 2 Champion Felipe Drugovich, IndyCar racer Felix Rosenqvist and World Rally star Thierry Neuville.
This means the ROC Sweden line-up features superstars from Formula 1, Formula 2, IndyCar, Le Mans, W Series, World Rally, World Rallycross, Nitro Rallycross and X-Games, with even more big names to be announced in the lead up to the event. All the racing takes place in identical machinery on ROC’s iconic parallel track, and the winners are decided by driver skill alone.
Nine-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb is the most successful driver in the history of rallying. He also holds the records for the most rally victories, podiums and stage wins. But the roll of honour from his glittering career doesn’t stop there. This former gymnast has gone on to compete with success in everything from FIA World Rallycross to the Pikes Peak hillclimb and Extreme E. This month he took a record six consecutive stage wins en route to his third overall runner-up spot at the Dakar Rally, one of few remaining pieces of s