Not to be confused with the non-championship race the Race of Champions held from 1965 to 1983The 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. The ROC is unique in that the event brings together competitors from the World Rally Championship, Formula One, and many other international motorsport competitions.
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". Team UK, however, would miss out on victory to Team Nordic in the final.
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.
|Year||Champion of Champions|
|2017||Juan Pablo Montoya|
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|
|Marc Gené||1999-2000||1999-2000, 2003-04|
|JJ Lehto||1999, 2002-03||1989-94|
|Yannick Dalmas||1999||1987-90, 1994|
|Emanuele Pirro||1999-2001, 2009||1989-91|
|Paul Belmondo||2001||1992, 1994|
|Heikki Kovalainen||2001, 2004-06, 2010||2007-13|
|Sébastien Bourdais||2002, 2004-07||2008-09|
|Cristiano da Matta||2002-03||2003-04|
|Olivier Panis||2003||1994-99, 2001-04|
|Felipe Massa||2004-05, 2015, 2017||2002-17|
|Michael Schumacher||2004, 2007-12||1991-2006, 2010-12|
|David Coulthard||2004-07, 2009, 2011-12, 2014-15, 2017||1994-2008|
|Nelson Piquet, Jr.||2005, 2015, 2017||2008-09|
|Jenson Button||2007-09, 2011, 2015, 2017||2000-16|
|Sebastian Vettel||2007-12, 2015, 2017||2007-17|
|Alain Prost||2010||1980-91, 1993|
|Romain Grosjean||2011-12, 2014-15||2009, 2012-17|
|Timo Glock||2011||2004, 2008-12|
|Narain Karthikeyan||2012||2005, 2011-12|
|Pascal Wehrlein||2014-15, 2017||2015-17|
|Tom Kristensen*||1997-2000, 2005-15, 2017||2010-15|
|Juan Pablo Montoya||2017||2001-06|
- * Wolff and Kristensen have only run as test drivers in F1.
- ↑ 'ROC History', raceofchampions.com, (Race of Champions, 2015), http://www.raceofchampions.com/roc-history.aspx, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
- ↑ 'Race of Champions', wikipedia.org, (Wikipedia, 07/03/2015), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_of_Champions, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
- ↑ 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)
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ "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.