Fandom

The Formula 1 Wiki

Race of Champions (1988–)

2,375pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Talk0 Share

Not to be confused with the non-championship race the Race of Champions held from 1965 to 1983

ROC logo

The ROC logo

The ROC, otherwise known as the Race of Champions, is an invitational only motorsport competition, hosted at the end of every calendar year (except 2013 and 2016, and was hosted at the start of 2017) since 1988.[1] The ROC is unique in that the event brings together competitors from the World Rally Championship, Formula One, and many other international motorsport competitions.[2]

In the 2014 edition of the ROC, David Coulthard claimed victory in the final, becoming the "Champion of Champions", after teaming up with fellow Scot Susie Wolff in the "Nations Cup".[3] Team UK, however, would miss out on victory to Team Nordic in the final.[3]

In 2015, Sebastian Vettel became the "Champion of Champions", beating Tom Kristensen. It is also known as Wolff's final race before her retirement from motorsport.[4][5]

HistoryEdit

The race was first organised in 1988 by former rally driver Michèle Mouton and Fredrik Johnsson, IMP (International Media Productions) President. Originally the event was a competition between the world's best rally drivers, but has since expanded to include top competitors from most of the world's premier motorsport disciplines, including motorcycle racing.

The top individual overall in The Race Of Champions is given the title "Champion of Champions", and receives the Henri Toivonen Memorial trophy. The ROC Nations' Cup was added in 1999 and now features teams of two drivers who compete for their country.

The current Champion of Champions is Juan Pablo Montoya.[6]

WinnersEdit

Year Champion of Champions
2017 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
2015 Germany Sebastian Vettel
2014 United Kingdom David Coulthard
2012 France Romain Grosjean
2011 France Sébastien Ogier
2010 Portugal FIlipe Albuquerque
2009 Sweden Mattias Ekström
2008 France Sébastien Loeb
2007 Sweden Mattias Ekström
2006 Sweden Mattias Ekström
2005 France Sébastien Loeb
2004 Finland Heikki Kovalainen

Formula OneEdit

Numerous drivers have been invited to the ROC from their Formula One exploits, with several going on to win one of the two cups on offer.

Driver ROC Years F1 years
Spain Marc Gené 1999-2000 1999-2000, 2003-04
Finland JJ Lehto 1999, 2002-03 1989-94
France Yannick Dalmas 1999 1987-90, 1994
Italy Emanuele Pirro 1999-2001, 2009 1989-91
United States Danny Sullivan 2000 1983
France Paul Belmondo 2001 1992, 1994
United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 2001 1989-2000
Finland Heikki Kovalainen 2001, 2004-06, 2010 2007-13
Spain Fernando Alonso 2001-02 2001-17
France Sébastien Bourdais 2002, 2004-07 2008-09
Germany Nick Heidfeld 2002 2000-11
Brazil Cristiano da Matta 2002-03 2003-04
France Olivier Panis 2003 1994-99, 2001-04
Brazil Felipe Massa 2004-05, 2015, 2017 2002-17
France Jean Alesi 2004-05 1989-2001
France Stéphane Sarrazin 2004 1999
Germany Michael Schumacher 2004, 2007-12 1991-2006, 2010-12
United Kingdom David Coulthard 2004-07, 2009, 2011-12, 2014-15, 2017 1994-2008
Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. 2005, 2015, 2017 2008-09
Netherlands Christijan Albers 2005 2005-07
United Kingdom Jenson Button 2007-09, 2011, 2015, 2017 2000-16
Germany Sebastian Vettel 2007-12, 2015, 2017 2007-17
Spain Jaime Alguersuari 2008 2009-11
France Alain Prost 2010 1980-91, 1993
France Romain Grosjean 2011-12, 2014-15 2009, 2012-17
Germany Timo Glock 2011 2004, 2008-12
Russia Vitaly Petrov 2011 2010-12
India Karun Chandhok 2012 2010-11
India Narain Karthikeyan 2012 2005, 2011-12
United Kingdom Susie Wolff* 2014-15 2012-15
United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer 2014-15 2015-17
Germany Pascal Wehrlein 2014-15, 2017 2015-17
Germany Nico Hülkenberg 2015 2010-15
Denmark Tom Kristensen* 1997-2000, 2005-15, 2017 2010-15
Australia Daniel Ricciardo 2015 2011-15
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 2017 2001-06
United States Alexander Rossi 2017 2014-15
United States Scott Speed 2017 2006-07
  • * Wolff and Kristensen have only run as test drivers in F1.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 'ROC History', raceofchampions.com, (Race of Champions, 2015), http://www.raceofchampions.com/roc-history.aspx, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
  2. 'Race of Champions', wikipedia.org, (Wikipedia, 07/03/2015), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_of_Champions, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Race of Champions 2014', wikipedia.org, (Wikipedia, 03/04/2015), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Race_of_Champions, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
  4. "Team England claim Race of Champions Nations Cup crown". Sky Sports F1 (BSkyB). 21 November 2015. http://www.skysports.com/f1/news/12433/10073036/team-england-claim-race-of-champions-nations-cup-crown. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  5. "Sebastian Vettel crowned Champion of Champions at Race of Champions". Sky Sports F1 (BSkyB). 21 November 2015. http://www.skysports.com/f1/news/24182/10074479/sebastian-vettel-crowned-champion-of-champions-at-race-of-champions. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  6. "Juan Pablo Montoya crowned Champion of Champions". Race of Champions. 21 January 2017. http://www.raceofchampions.com/news/latest-news/juan-pablo-montoya-crowned-champion-of-champions/. Retrieved 27 January 2017.

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.