Record Number of Champion Racers Announced for ROC 2015
The Race of Champions 2015 will feature a record 20 top drivers speeding around London’s Olympic stadium for the grand title.
Two of the greatest drivers of touring car history, Guernseyman Andy Priaulx and Argentina’s José Maria ‘Pechito’ López, will be joining the force next weekend in the battle against the likes of Vettel, Button, Coulthard and Massa.
Both new additions are multiple winners of the FIA World Touring Car Championship. Priaulx took three consecutive titles between 2005 and 2017. Meanwhile, López saw off his Citroën team-mates Yvan Muller and Sébastien Loeb by taking his second straight championship this year.
Ahead of the event, Priaulx said: “What a great way to end a busy season – joining all my fellow champions in a fun head-to-head battle. Same cars, same track: it will be an epic challenge. I love this event. Fredrik Johnsson and his team put on a great show so I can’t wait to get there and catch up with everyone.”
López added: “This has been another great year for me and this invitation to the Race Of Champions is the perfect way to cap it off. This year the pressure was on and the competition with my team-mates was harder than ever so to to win the championship three races early was an amazing result.”
“Now I can look forward to racing my fellow champions next week in London. The lineup is amazing with great drivers from all over the world so we now look forward to putting on a great show for the crowds.”
This Year’s Drivers…
On Saturday the drivers compete in individual races but the previous evening it is a team competition. This is how the nations will line up…
Team England 1
- Andy PRIAULX, triple World Touring Car Champion
- Jason PLATO, double British Touring Car Champion
Team England 2
- Jenson BUTTON, 2009 Formula 1 World Champion
- Alex BUNCOMBE, 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series Champion
- Susie WOLFF, Williams Martini Racing Official Test Driver
- David COULTHARD, reigning ROC Champion of Champions
- Nico HÜLKENBERG, 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours winner
- Sebastian VETTEL, four-time Formula 1 World Champion
- José Maria LÓPEZ, double World Touring Car Champion
- Ryan HUNTER-REAY, 2014 Indianapolis 500 Winner
- Nelson PIQUET Jr, reigning FIA Formula E Champion
- Felipe MASSA, 11-time Formula 1 grand prix winner
- Mick DOOHAN, five-time 500cc MotoGP World Champion
- Daniel RICCIARDO, three-time Formula 1 grand prix winner
- Petter SOLBERG, reigning FIA World Rallycross Champion
- Tom KRISTENSEN, nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner
Team Young Stars
- Pascal WEHRLEIN, 2015 DTM Champion
- Jolyon PALMER, 2014 GP2 Champion
Team All Stars
- Romain GROSJEAN, 2012 ROC Champion of Champions
- Jorge LORENZO, double MotoGP World Champion
Drivers confirmed 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
Fly to Race of Champions
This edge-of-your-seat event is packed with petrol fuelled energy and you can fly with Atlas Helicopters to the Olympic stadium and arrive refreshed and ready to race. You’ll avoid any traffic jams or squeezing onto overcrowded trains or tubes and land near the Olympic stadium.
You can depart from a location of your choice and be chauffeured to the event ready for the racing action.
What is the Race of Champions?
The race of Champions is a yearly end-of-season racing contest which has been running for the past 25 year’s. Watch the world’s greatest drivers be unleashed from large racing events like F1, Le Mans, Rallycross Touring Cars, IndyCar and MotoGP to battle against each other in identical machinery on the same track.
The event is held over two days, starting with the ROC nations Cup on Friday 20th November, when drivers pair up in teams based on nationality to battle for the title of ‘World’s Fastest Nation’.
On Saturday the Race of Champions itself comes into play. There’s no teamwork in the ‘Champion of Champions’ title, just a flat out battle for individual glory.
Find out more about the Race of Champions here.