Wednesday 13 November 2013

Race - of Champions

Oban race driver, Susie Wolff is all set to become the first female driver to race at the ROC 2013, to be held at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium next month on December 14-15. Not only that, she will be teamed up in the ROC Nations Cup with a certain David Coulthard Esq in ‘Team GB’.

“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.”

Coulthard reached the Grand Final at London’s Wembley Stadium in 2008 losing out to a chap called Sébastien Loeb by the narrowest of margins in the decider. Last year in Bangkok he reached the individual semi-finals before falling to Le Mans specialist 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…”

Already signed up are, 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 with the rest of the 2013 field to be announced shortly.

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