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SUSIE WOLFF TO TEAM UP WITH DAVID COULTHARD AT ROC 2013—

Susie Wolff will become the first female driver ever to compete at the Race Of Champions at this year’s event in Bangkokon December 14-15 Wolff, currently the development driver for the Williams F1 team, will partner fellow Scot David Coulthard for Team GB The pair join a line-up that includes F1 great Michael Schumacher, Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen, four-time V8 Supercar champion Jamie Whincup and new World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier Tickets are now available from the websitewww.raceofchampions.com 

The Race Of Champions will feature a female driver for the first time in its history as Susie Wolff has signed up for ROC 2013, to be held at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium on December 14-15.

Wolff spent seven years racing in Germany’s DTM touring car series before sealing a role as development driver for the Williams F1 team in April 2012. She now has the chance to race the greats of world motor sport in the individual Race Of Champions and the ROC Nations Cup for Team GB alongside fellow Scot David Coulthard. 

“Any driver would love to be invited to do the Race Of Champions,” said Wolff. “It’s an event I have watched as far back as I can remember. What is so exciting is that the cars race head-to-head and you can see how close it is: it always comes down to hundredths. Jumping in and out of the different cars is going to be the real challenge. You need to make sure your car control is as good as it can be because you don’t have time to get a proper feeling for the car, you just get in and go.

“Then there’s the ROC Nations Cup, where I certainly feel responsibility to make sure we do well as a nation. I know David from our time in DTM and I rate him really highly so to be part of the team alongside him makes me very proud. Of course we’ll be up against drivers who are absolutely at the top of their game. So I know it’s not going to be easy but I’m relishing the challenge.”

The news was warmly welcomed by Michèle Mouton, the world’s most successful female rally driver, who created the Race Of Champions with ROC President Fredrik Johnsson. She said: “As co-founder of the Race Of Champions and chairwoman of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission – Susie has been our Ambassador since 2012 – it is a pleasure to see her participating in ROC’s 26th edition in Bangkok. 

“In competition Susie is reluctant to play the female card and only wants to be considered as a racing driver who simply fights to fulfil her dream of driving in F1, working hard to improve and perform well for her team. The main difficulty at ROC is to be able to quickly adapt your driving skills on different types of cars in a short time and I am convinced that Susie will do her very best!”

 

David Coulthard enjoyed a glittering Formula 1 career, taking 13 grand prix victories and finishing in the world championship top three no less than five times in over a decade at the top. He has since spent three years in Germany’s DTM championship – racing against Wolff – but last year he retired from full-time competition to focus on his other interests including his F1 commentary for BBC television.

The Scotsman has a fine pedigree at the Race Of Champions, reaching the Grand Final at London’s Wembley Stadium in 2008. That day he took rally legend Sébastien Loeb to the third heat of the best-of-three final, before missing out by the narrowest of margins in the decider. Last year in Bangkok he reached the individual semi-finals before falling to Le Mans great Tom Kristensen.

Coulthard said: “It’s always a pleasure to take part in the Race Of Champions – and this time will be no exception with my new team-mate Susie. Our paths have already crossed on the track in the DTM and now we have a chance to race together for Team GB, or should that be Team Scotland. 

“There will be some strong partnerships in Bangkok but at this event one small mistake can make or break everything. You never want to let your team-mate down so we’ll do our best to put Scotland firmly back at the centre of the motor sport map. My age might be starting to catch up with my racing but my run to the individual semi-finals last year reassures me that experience can still pay off…” 

Race organiser Fredrik Johnsson added: “Given that Michèle has been involved with the Race Of Champions since the start in 1988, it is ironic that we have never had a female driver in the main draw before now. So we’re thrilled to rectify that at last with Susie this year. The quick car changes make it a tough job for any ROC rookie but I’m sure Susie will adapt fast – plus she has DC’s experience to call on in the ROC Nations Cup. We hope to see many fans in the stadium cheering them both on.” 

 

Held every year since 1988, the Race Of Champions brings together the world’s greatest drivers from motor sport’s main disciplines – including Formula 1, World Rally, Le Mans, MotoGP, Nascar, IndyCar, Touring Cars and the X-Games – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery.

ROC 2013 will take place on a specially constructed tarmac track with two parallel lanes winding their way round Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium. Drivers pair up for the ROC Nations Cup, this year scheduled for Saturday 14 December, ahead of the individual Race Of Champions on Sunday 15 December.

ROC features stars from all over the world: seven-time F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher, nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, four-time V8 Supercar Champion Jamie Whincup and 2013 World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier have already signed up and the rest of the 2013 field will be announced in the run-up to December’s event.

Tickets are now available from www.raceofchampions.com where you can also find further information, media accreditation (closing date November 15) and access to high-resolution imagery. Sign up for all the latest updates at www.raceofchampions.com, Race Of Champions on Facebook or @raceofchampions and the hashtag #BangROC on Twitter.

Drivers already announced for the 2013 Race Of Champions:

  • Michael SCHUMACHER, seven-time Formula 1 World Champion
  • Tom KRISTENSEN, nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner
  • Sébastien OGIER, 2013 World Rally Champion
  • Jamie WHINCUP, V8 Supercar Champion 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008
  • Narain KARTHIKEYAN, Formula 1 driver and ROC Asia Champion 2012
  • Karun CHANDHOK, Formula 1 driver and ROC Asia Champion 2012
  • David COULTHARD, 13-time Formula 1 grand prix winner
  • Susie WOLFF, development driver for the Williams F1 team

ROC

REIGNING CHAMPION OGIER PARTNERS GROSJEAN FOR TEAM FRANCE

Reigning ‘Champion of Champions’ Sébastien Ogier and Formula 1’s Romain Grosjean will compete for Team France at ROC 2012 in Bangkok World Rally Championship ace Ogier shocked last year’s superstar line-up to win on his Race Of Champions debut Grosjean has taken three F1 podiums for Lotus in 2012 since his return to the top flight after winning the GP2 Series The pair join a star-studded field including F1 world champions Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel for ROC 2012 on December 14-16
Team France will have a strong line-up at the 2012 Race Of Champions as reigning ROC ‘Champion of Champions’ Sébastien Ogier returns to defend his title alongside Formula 1 star Romain Grosjean. The French duo will team up for their home country at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium in the ROC Nations Cup on December 15 before competing for individual glory in the Race Of Champions on December 16.

Ogier has already climbed that summit, having fended off all comers to win the Race Of Champions on his ROC debut last year. In the Grand Final, he defeated Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen 2-0 to seal the ‘Champion of Champions’ title. That capped off a glorious year in which he won five World Rally Championship rallies, narrowly missing out on the title. In 2012 he switched to the Skoda Fabia S2000 in preparation for Volkswagen’s WRC arrival in 2013. First he aims to double up at ROC Bangkok.

Ogier said: “It’s a real honour to compete in the Race Of Champions. I’ve followed it since it was in Gran Canaria so it was amazing to win at my first attempt last year. There were a lot of new cars to learn, plus the track as well, but I pushed hard all the way and I had a lot of fun out there. This year it will be nice to team up with Romain again and we’ll do our best to take Team France all the way this time as well. Overall it’s a good party and a great way to end the year.”

Grosjean made his Race Of Champions debut last year too, reaching the semi-final of the ROC Nations Cup alongside Ogier for Team France. He also won two of his three races in his individual group before being knocked out by Kristensen and F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel on countback of fastest times. Grosjean has since returned to F1, with a string of strong results for Lotus in 2012 including podiums in Bahrain, Canada and Hungary. Now he seeks ROC glory in Bangkok to cap off his season.

Grosjean said: “The Race Of Champions is special and I’m proud to be in the line-up again alongside such big names from so many different areas of motor sport. It’s a great show seeing these guys driving all the cars to the limit and I hope Team France can achieve something too. Sébastien did a fantastic job to win the individual event last year and it was a pity we were knocked out in the ROC Nations Cup semi-finals. We will aim to go a bit further this time but the main thing is to have fun and to put on a show for the crowds in the stadium.”

Race organiser Fredrik Johnsson added: “We are delighted to have Sébastien and Romain back at the Race Of Champions for a second year. Sébastien announced his ROC arrival in style with victory at the first attempt last year so he will be one of the favourites for success again. Romain was unlucky not to make further progress too, so even the megastars at ROC 2012 will want to avoid Team France in the draw.”

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.

ROC 2012 will take place on a specially constructed tarmac track with two parallel lanes winding their way round Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium. Drivers pair up for the ROC Nations Cup, this year scheduled for Saturday 15 December, ahead of the individual Race Of Champions on Sunday 16 December.

Tickets are now on sale. For further information and access to hi-res 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.

Drivers confirmed for the 2012 Race Of Champions:

  • Michael SCHUMACHER, seven-time Formula 1 World Champion
  • Sebastian VETTEL, Formula 1 World Champion 2012, 2011, 2010
  • Jorge LORENZO, MotoGP World Champion 2012, 2010
  • Mick DOOHAN, five-time 500cc MotoGP World Champion
  • Ryan HUNTER-REAY, IndyCar Series Champion 2012
  • Jamie WHINCUP, V8 Supercar Champion 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008
  • David COULTHARD, 13-time Formula 1 grand prix winner
  • Andy PRIAULX, three-time World Touring Car Champion
  • Tom KRISTENSEN, eight-time Le Mans 24-Hour race winner
  • Romain GROSJEAN, three Formula 1 podiums in 2012
  • Sébastien OGIER, seven WRC wins and reigning ROC ‘Champion of Champions’

 

Formula One

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER HEADS TO THE RACE OF CHAMPIONS IN BANGKOK…

Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher will be in the line-up as the Race Of Champions celebrates its 25th year of competition in 2012. The German motor racing great – who has more F1 titles, wins and poles than anyone in history – will travel to Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium, which will host the prestigious event on the weekend of December 15-16.

Held every year since 1988, the end-of-season contest brings together the world’s greatest drivers from motor sport’s main disciplines – including Formula 1, world rally, touring cars, Le Mans and the X-Games – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery. Drivers pair up for the ROC Nations Cup, this year scheduled for Saturday 15 December, before the individual Race Of Champions takes place on Sunday 16 December.

For the past five years Schumacher has joined up with Sebastian Vettel to take Team Germany to victory in the ROC Nations Cup. Reigning F1 world champion Vettel has already announced he will be back for more – and now Schumacher has confirmed that the winning duo will be reunited again. The pair will aim to add yet more Race Of Champions glory to their incredible haul of Formula 1 world championships.

Schumacher said: “I have never raced in Thailand before so this will be an interesting addition to my motor sport travels. Of course it means Team Germany won’t have the home advantage of the past two years but Seb and I managed okay in London and Beijing so we hope it won’t stop us from keeping up our run!

“I’ve turned into a Race Of Champions regular and the event is very entertaining. It is not so much the competition which makes me come back as the fun and the time you spend with the other drivers. But racing in a stadium is sensational – and it’s a very different experience for us drivers to hear the fans so close. And of course we are all professionals so the moment we close the visor we want to win…”

The Race Of Champions brings together stars from all over the world. The 2011 field featured a total of 10 Formula 1 world championships courtesy of Schumacher, Vettel and Jenson Button. The line-up also included greats from Le Mans (Tom Kristensen), touring cars (Andy Priaulx) and the X-Games (Travis Pastrana) plus a host of other motor sport legends.

After recent visits to London’s Wembley Stadium (2007-2008), Beijing’s ‘Bird’s Nest’ Olympic Stadium (2009) and Dusseldorf’s ESPRIT arena (2010-2011), ROC 2012 will take place on a specially constructed tarmac track with two parallel lanes winding their way round Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium. Built for the 1998 Asian Games, the 50,000-capacity stadium has since hosted Thailand’s home football matches plus athletics, pop concerts and even political rallies.

Race organiser Fredrik Johnsson said: “It’s great news that Michael will be joining us again for ROC in Bangkok. He is the most successful Formula 1 driver of all time and we were delighted to see him back on the F1 podium in 2012. We’re proud that he enjoys the Race Of Champions and we hope fans from Thailand and around the world will grab this chance to see this racing legend in action.”

There is even better news for German motor sport fans as television station SAT.1 will broadcast this year’s Race Of Champions live from Bangkok. SAT.1 will show the ROC Nations Cup on Saturday December 15 and the individual Race Of Champions on Sunday December 16 – both live – so German race fans can watch their heroes battle it out at Rajamangala Stadium.

Tickets will go on sale on September 28 while information about media accreditation will be released later this month. For further details and hi-res 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.

The full driver line-up for the 2011 Race Of Champions was:

Michael SCHUMACHER, seven-time Formula 1 World Champion

Sebastian VETTEL, 2010 and 2011 Formula 1 World Champion

Jenson BUTTON, 2009 Formula 1 World Champion

David COULTHARD, 13 Formula 1 grand prix victories

Tom KRISTENSEN, eight-time Le Mans 24-Hour race winner

Andy PRIAULX, three-time World Touring Car Champion

Sébastien OGIER, winner of five WRC rallies in 2011

Romain GROSJEAN, driver for Lotus F1 team and 2011 GP2 Series Champion

Vitaly PETROV, driver for Caterham F1 team

Timo GLOCK, driver for Marussia F1 team

Mattias EKSTROM, double DTM champion and triple ROC Champion of Champions

Timo SCHEIDER, double DTM Champion

Martin TOMCZYK, 2011 DTM Champion

Juho HÄNNINEN, 2011 S-WRC Champion and 2010 IRC Champion

Jan KOPECKÝ, three-time Intercontinental Rally Challenge runner-up

Filipe ALBUQUERQUE, DTM star and 2010 ROC Champion of Champions

Brian DEEGAN, 13 X-games medals including Rally Cross gold in 2011

Travis PASTRANA, four-time Rally America winner and X-Games legend