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SCHUMACHER AND VETTEL AIM FOR SIX IN A ROW

Multiple Formula 1 world champions Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel have arrived in Bangkok for the Race Of Champions The pair, who have ten F1 world titles between them, will tonight try for a sixth ROC Nations Cup for Team Germany Schumacher said: “The Race Of Champions is always a highlight for us at the end of the year” Vettel added: “Tonight we’ll work as a team and try to take the title again”
Formula 1 world champions Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel are preparing for tonight’s ROC Nations Cup as they bid to extend Team Germany’s run of glory to a record sixth consecutive triumph.

The German duo, who have become an all-conquering force in the competition, met the media at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium this evening along with fellow F1 stars David Coulthard and Romain Grosjean. They are part of the dazzling line-up of motor sport greats – also including MotoGP world champions Jorge Lorenzo and Mick Doohan – who will compete in tonight’s ROC Nations Cup and Sunday’s individual Race Of Champions.

Here’s what they all said shortly before the start of the racing action:

Michael Schumacher (Team Germany)

“We are always excited to come to the Race Of Champions as it’s always a highlight for us at the end of the year. We’re happy to be over here in Bangkok this time and we’re very much looking forward to showing what we can do down on the track later on. Clearly what Sebastian and I are here to do is to take our sixth ROC Nations Cup win. There is tough competition around us tonight so it will be a big challenge.”

Sebastian Vettel (Team Germany)

“What’s special about the Race Of Champions is that it’s a good challenge with the different cars and it’s a great opportunity to meet drivers from different categories. I’ve been coming back with Michael for a few years now and all the drivers enjoy this event. It’s very relaxed – you can compete against each other and then grab a drink after the race and have some fun. There are a tough set of competitors around and it’s always hard to predict what will happen. Today we will work as a team to try and win the ROC Nations Cup for Team Germany again, then we’ll see how tough tonight is before we see what we can do tomorrow.”

David Coulthard (Team Great Britain)

“I’ve been to the Race Of Champions a few times now – it’s always a nice event with a different atmosphere to normal competition. I’m clearly not getting any younger because I’m sweating in all this heat – so I’m not sure if I’ll have enough energy to help my Team Great Britain partner Andy Priaulx later! This year’s track remains fundamentally the same as previous years but it’s much faster than usual so I think it will be a big challenge. Team Germany are a very strong team. They have 10 world championships between them so it will always be difficult but at this event one corner can make or break everything if you make a small mistake.”

Romain Grosjean (Team France)

“We all enjoy coming here. This is only my second time but it’s a similar track to last year, just a bit wider. There is no real rest out there on a track like this. Even the straight is very short so it’s a hard circuit but it’s good fun when you really manage to floor the car through the corners and go for it. That’s why we all come back!”

The Race Of Champions, which is being staged for the 25th consecutive year in 2012, brings together the world’s greatest drivers from motor sport’s main disciplines – including Formula 1, world rally, touring cars, Le Mans, MotoGP, IndyCar and the X-Games – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery.

Drivers pair up for Saturday’s ROC Nations Cup at the Rajamangala Stadium before the individual Race Of Champions takes place on Sunday.

Coverage of tonight’s ROC Nations Cup and tomorrow’s Race Of Champions will be available on television all over the world. Stations showing ROC live include SAT1 in Germany, Motors TV throughout Europe, Al Jazeera in the Middle East, Fox in Latin America and Brazil, Speed TV in Australia, the Sony Entertainment Network in India, PPTV and Euro Soccer channel in China, Super Sport in Africa plus many more. Please check local listings for exact details of broadcast times.

Tickets are still available for this weekend’s action. For a live results feed and access to high-resolution imagery please visit www.raceofchampions.com. Sign up for all the latest updates at www.raceofchampions.com, @raceofchampions on Twitter or Race Of Champions on Facebook.

ROC Nations Cup Draw (Saturday December 15)

Group A Team France (Sébastien OGIER & Romain GROSJEAN) Team Great Britain (David COULTHARD & Andy PRIAULX) Team Americas (Ryan HUNTER-REAY & Benito GUERRA) Team All Stars (Tom KRISTENSEN & Jorge LORENZO)

Group B Team Germany (Michael SCHUMACHER & Sebastian VETTEL) Team Thailand (Nattavude CHAROENSUKAWATTANA & Tin SRITRAI) Team Australia (Mick DOOHAN & Jamie WHINCUP) Team India (Narain KARTHIKEYAN & Karun CHANDHOK)

Race Of Champions Draw (Sunday December 16)

Group A Sébastien OGIER, WRC star and reigning ROC ‘Champion of Champions’ Jamie WHINCUP, V8 Supercar Champion 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008 David COULTHARD, 13 Formula 1 grand prix victories Benito GUERRA, Production World Rally Champion 2012

Group B Tom KRISTENSEN, eight-time Le Mans 24-Hour race winner Andy PRIAULX, three-time World Touring Car Champion Ho-Pin TUNG, fastest qualifier from ROC Asia Nattavude CHAROENSUKAWATTANA, winner of ROC Thailand

Group C Sebastian VETTEL, Formula 1 World Champion 2012, 2011, 2010 Jorge LORENZO, MotoGP World Champion 2012, 2010 Mick DOOHAN, five-time 500cc MotoGP World Champion Tin SRITRAI, runner-up from ROC Thailand

Group D Michael SCHUMACHER, seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Ryan HUNTER-REAY, IndyCar Series Champion 2012 Kazuya OHSHIMA, second fastest qualifier from ROC Asia Romain GROSJEAN, three Formula 1 podiums in 2012

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TEAM INDIA TRIUMPH IN ROC ASIA

  • Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok took Team India to glory in the first ever ROC Asia competition in Bangkok tonight
  • The Indian driver pairing defeated Toyota Team Gazoo Japan’s Kazuya Ohshima and Takuto Iguchi in the final
  • Nattavude Charoensukawattana earlier defeated Tin Sritrai in the final of ROC Thailand, a four-way shootout to find the host nation’s fastest driver

Team India’s Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok are celebrating tonight after they took glory in the inaugural ROC Asia competition, the first night of action of the 2012 Race Of Champions weekend.

On a hot evening at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium, Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok joined forces for Team India as both made their ROC debuts. The Indian duo topped the group stage with four wins out of six to go into the final as favourites.

There they faced Toyota Team Gazoo Japan, who were represented by Kazuya Ohshima and Takuto Iguchi, who were both class winners in this year’s Nürburgring 24-Hour race. In the end the Indian duo prevailed, both winning their heats to take the title.

Chandhok said: “That was a really good night and it was obviously very nice to end up on top. It wasn’t as straightforward as we would have hoped as we both had our favourite cars and we ended up driving the opposite ones to what we wanted. But it worked out well in the end. It was a lot of fun and we really enjoyed our first experience of competing here. In the end I think we beat everyone fair and square. That’s what the Race Of Champions all about – same cars, same track, same conditions. It’s a bit of history for Team India to win the first ROC Asia. That’s obviously very special. Now we start from scratch again tomorrow.”

Karthikeyan added: “This is the first time at the Race Of Champions for both myself and Karun and I’ve really enjoyed this event so far. It’s a unique format and it’s pretty tight and narrow out there. So it was a challenge to put a precise lap together in any of the cars. But it’s just about getting the best out of each car. You need to adapt very quickly without any mistakes as you need a clean lap. We’re happy to come out on top, now we can look forward to the rest of the event. We’re up for the challenge and we’ll take on the world tomorrow!”

The performance earns Team India a place in tomorrow’s ROC Nations Cup along with Team Thailand, who qualify as host nation. The home team were unlucky not to make it through to the final after they took three wins in the group stage, the same as finalists Toyota Team Gazoo Japan. 2010 Supercar Thailand Champ Nattavude Charoensukawattana and touring car ace Tin Sritrai both thrilled their home crowd with victories but they missed out on the countback of the fastest times.

Team China paired F1 test driver Ho-Pin Tung with rally ace Han Han, better known as the world’s most widely-read blogger. The Chinese pair already had Race Of Champions experience as they competed in the 2009 event at Beijing’s ‘Bird’s Nest’ Olympic Stadium, getting as far as the semi-finals of the ROC Nations Cup. But there was no repeat this time as they were knocked out despite taking one win apiece.

Friday’s action began with ROC Thailand, a four-way battle between drivers from the host country. The competition started with a group stage involving Charoensukawattana, Sritrai, Nattapon Horthongkum and drift guru Sak ‘Kiki’ Nana.

Charoensukawattana and Sritrai progressed to the final, with 49-year-old Bangkok resident Charoensukawattana coming out on top. Those results earned both finalists the honour of representing Team Thailand in ROC Asia along with Saturday’s ROC Nations Cup and Sunday’s individual Race Of Champions.

Charoensukawattana said: “It was a great race today and I would like to thank all my fans because their support was powerful. My experience helped but what was most important was that I didn’t make any mistakes. This is the first time we’ve had this event in Thailand and I hope it will come back next year too. If I have another opportunity next year I will definitely come here again.”

ROC 2012 continues in Bangkok for the rest of the weekend with a dazzling line-up of motor sport stars including Formula 1 world champions Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel plus MotoGP world champions Mick Doohan and Jorge Lorenzo.

 

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VETTEL AND LORENZO GO HEAD-TO-HEAD AT ROC…

The reigning world champions on four wheels and two will battle at ROC 2012 in Bangkok as F1’s Sebastian Vettel races MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo Seven-time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher will line up against 2012 IndyCar Series Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay Team Germany begins its ROC Nations Cup defence against Team Australia, Team Asia and home heroes Team Thailand
The stage is set for a thrilling Race Of Champions following the draw for the opening group stages of the event on December 14-16 at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium.

The Race Of Champions, which is being staged for the 25th consecutive year in 2012, brings together the world’s greatest drivers from motor sport’s main disciplines – including Formula 1, world rally, touring cars, Le Mans, MotoGP, IndyCar and the X-Games – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery.

For the individual Race Of Champions on December 16 the drivers are split into groups of four for a round-robin first stage. The top two in each group earn the right to participate in the knockout stages. Now, following today’s draw at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium led by Kanokphand Chulakasem, Governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand, this year’s star drivers have discovered who awaits them.

There will be a mouth-watering battle between the world’s best racers on four wheels and two as 2012 Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel goes up against 2012 MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo and 500cc MotoGP legend Mick Doohan. Other highlights include seven-time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher duelling against 2012 IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Race Of Champions (Sunday December 16)

Group A
Sébastien OGIER, WRC star and reigning ROC ‘Champion of Champions’ Jamie WHINCUP, V8 Supercar Champion 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008 David COULTHARD, 13 Formula 1 grand prix victories Benito GUERRA, Production World Rally Champion 2012

Group B
Tom KRISTENSEN, eight-time Le Mans 24-Hour race winner Andy PRIAULX, three-time World Touring Car Champion ROC Asia 1, top non-Thailand competitor from ROC Asia ROC Thailand 1, winner of ROC Thailand

Group C
Sebastian VETTEL, Formula 1 World Champion 2012, 2011, 2010 Jorge LORENZO, MotoGP World Champion 2012, 2010 Mick DOOHAN, five-time 500cc MotoGP World Champion ROC Thailand 2, runner-up from ROC Thailand

Group D
Michael SCHUMACHER, seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Ryan HUNTER-REAY, IndyCar Series Champion 2012 ROC Asia 2, second-placed non-Thailand competitor from ROC Asia Romain GROSJEAN, three Formula 1 podiums in 2012

Before Sunday’s Race Of Champions, drivers team up for the ROC Nations Cup on Saturday 15 December. Schumacher and Vettel have taken an incredible five straight titles together for Team Germany – but to reach this year’s semi-finals the favourites will first have to negotiate a group featuring Team Australia, Team Asia and hosts Team Thailand.

ROC Nations Cup (Saturday December 15)

Group A
Team France (Sébastien OGIER & Romain GROSJEAN) Team Great Britain (David COULTHARD & Andy PRIAULX) Team Americas (Ryan HUNTER-REAY & Benito GUERRA) Team All Stars (Tom KRISTENSEN & Jorge LORENZO)

Group B
Team Germany (Michael SCHUMACHER & Sebastian VETTEL) Team Thailand (The two finalists from ROC Thailand) Team Australia (Mick DOOHAN & Jamie WHINCUP) Team Asia (The leading ROC Asia team other than Thailand)

Ahead of the two main feature events, there will be two special races on Friday 14 December. First, the best drivers from the host nation will battle it out for the ROC Thailand crown.

The two finalists will then represent Team Thailand in the first ever ROC Asia against Team India (Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok), Team China (Han Han and Ho-Pin Tung) and Toyota Team Gazoo Japan (Kazuya Ohshima and Takuto Iguchi). Both Team Thailand as host nation and the best-placed other ROC Asia team will progress to the ROC Nations Cup on Saturday.

Along with the stellar driver line-up, the Race Of Champions features a wide array of vehicles including the powerful Audi R8 LMS, VW Scirocco, Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo and the Toyota GT86. They will run alongside ROC favourites including the ROC car, KTM X-Bow and Euro Racecar.

Live coverage of the event will be available on television via a range of outlets round the world, including SAT1 in Germany, Motors TV throughout Europe, Al Jazeera in the Middle East, Fox in Latin America and Brazil, Fox Sports in Australia, the Sony Entertainment Network in India, Super Sport in Africa plus many more. Please check local listings for exact details of broadcast times.

Tickets are still available. For further information and access to high-resolution imagery please visit www.raceofchampions.com. Sign up for all the latest updates at www.raceofchampions.com, @raceofchampions on Twitter or Race Of Champions on Facebook.