RIYADH BECOMES FIRST MIDDLE EAST CITY TO HOST RACE OF CHAMPIONS
Tue 17 October 2017
Race Of Champions (ROC) announced today plans to bring their prestigious annual auto racing event to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
In partnership with Sela Sports and the General Sports Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the event will be held in early 2018 as a celebration of the 2017 motorsports season and a final winner-takes-all showdown for competitors from across the world of racing.
The two-day event will be held at King Fahd International Stadium in the nation’s capital, Riyadh. ROC will once again unite superstar drivers from across the world of motorsport for a final, winner-takes-all showdown in celebration of the 2017 season. The likes of Formula 1, Le Mans, IndyCar and Rallycross will all be represented in ROC’s unique head-to-head competition to determine the next Champion of Champions.
Further details, driver announcements and exact dates for ROC’s Saudi Arabian debut will be announced shortly, but the General Sports Authority has confirmed that Race Of Champions will be a family event, open to both genders and feature drivers, exhibitions and activities all suitable for the Kingdom’s specific cultural requirements.
Fredrik Johnsson, Race Of Champions President: “Our organisation is honoured to be working with the President of the General Sports Authority, his Excellency Turki Al-Sheikh, and Sela Sport Chairman, Dr Rakan Hussein, to bring Race Of Champions to the region for the first time in the event’s 30-year history. As motorsport’s most forward-thinking property ROC is an event perfectly suited to Saudi Arabia, which is emerging as a modern sports market on the global stage.
“With women able to drive in Saudi Arabia from 2018, we feel this is an auspicious moment to be bringing a motorsport event to Riyadh. Race Of Champions is more than just a race: it is a truly global contest that includes many of the world’s best drivers along with top-quality entertainment for families.”
The 75,000-capacity King Fahd International Stadium will join a list of prestigious venues to have hosted ROC that include Beijing’s Bird’s Nest and London’s Olympic stadiums, the iconic Stade de France in Paris and Wembley Stadium in London, plus Miami’s Marlins Park - the event’s first North American destination.
ROC is also in the process of finalising its 2018 season finale, which is expected to return to Miami, Florida.
Posted 17 October 2017 - 23:01
Posted 01 November 2017 - 21:32
Fetel neće učestvovati u RoC prvi put još od 2009. jer hoće da se fokusira na testiranja u simulatoru uoči sledeće F1 sezone
Posted 22 November 2017 - 17:34
Montoya, Kristensen, Norris join 2018 ROC line-up
6 hours ago
Juan Pablo Montoya, Tom Kristensen and McLaren Formula 1 junior Lando Norris are among the first drivers to be confirmed for the 2018 Race of Champions.
Montoya, the reigning ROC Champion of champions, will defend his title at the King Fahd International Stadium in Saudi Arabia, which will host an international motorsport even for the first time.
Organisers have also confirmed the first ROC event to be held in the Middle East will take place on February 2-3 2018.
Norris was runner-up in the Macau Grand Prix last weekend and will make his debut in the ROC event, and is among a line-up that also includes 13-time grand prix winner David Coulthard and double World Rallycross champion Petter Solberg.
IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden will also contest the event, as will Indianapolis 500 winners Helio Castroneves and Ryan Hunter-Reay, with more drivers to be announced in the coming months.
"When I came to the Race Of Champions for the first time this year I immediately regretted never having done it before," said Montoya.
"It was an amazing experience and Fredrik Johnsson [ROC president] and his team put together an amazing event. It's all about fun but when you go to the grid it's unbelievable how focused you are. It's like qualifying.
"Experience plays a part too: after a few laps you start getting the hang of the cars, but you can also mess it up really bad."
Nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Kristensen added: "The Race Of Champions is very much a sprint - man and machine against each other and the clock.
"It's about skill and determination as you jump into a car you've done very little practice in. So it's a great challenge and a great spectacle and it's an event I'm sure will go well in Riyadh.
"I spent eight months in Saudi Arabia with my family as a teenager because my Dad worked there, so it will be interesting to come back.
"I always take happiness and pride in taking part in the Race Of Champions.
"Over the years there have been so many drivers with so much speed, talent and grit competing, it's always very motivating."
Posted 03 December 2017 - 18:57
Newgarden among four IndyCar drivers named for Race Of Champions
Saturday, 02 December 2017
IndyCar / Image courtesy of ROC
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden will compete for the first time in the Race Of Champions, joining fellow IndyCar drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay, Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya in the prestigious all-star event set for Feb. 2-3 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Montoya, the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, is the defending 'Champion of Champions,' having earned the title as an ROC rookie when the event was held in January at Marlins Park in Miami. The Race Of Champions is an annual contest bringing together some of the world’s greatest drivers from motorsport’s major disciplines – including IndyCar, Formula 1, sports cars, rallycross and more – to battle head-to-head in identical machinery, in both individual and national team competitions.
Entering its 31st year, ROC has taken place at venues around the globe including London, Paris, Barbados, Beijing, Bangkok and the Canary Islands before coming to North America for the first time this year in Miami. The 2018 event will be the first for ROC in the Middle East, at Riyadh’s King Fahd International Stadium.
Montoya is excited to return to defend his championship.
“When I came to the Race Of Champions for the first time this year, I immediately regretted never having done it before,” Montoya said. “It was an amazing experience and (ROC President) Fredrik Johnsson and his team put together an amazing event. It’s all about fun but when you go to the grid it’s unbelievable how focused you are.
“I still don’t know what gave me the edge in Miami. It must have been beginner’s luck.”
Posted 01 February 2018 - 15:10
U koliko sati pocinje po nasem vremenu i jel se ima gde gledati?
Posted 03 February 2018 - 15:11
Nemačka osvojila Kup Nacija, Huan Pablo Montoja odbranio naslov!