Race of Champions comes to Dusseldorf
The next Race of Champions was officially launched today at Dusseldorf's ESPIRT arena. The German stadium will play host to the unique event on November 27-28, but tickets will go on sale tomorrow.
The annual end-of-season competition pits a selection of the world's finest racing car drivers against each other a series of head-to-head races around a specially constructed asphalt circuit.
Four-time F1 world champion, Alain Prost will be making his Race of Champions debut in Germany, a prospect likely to whet the appetite of even the most jaded race fan.
"I'm very happy to be able to participate in The Race of Champions at last," said Prost. "It will be an absolute pleasure to race with great drivers from different disciplines and different generations. I'm really looking forward to the experience."
The Professor will have his work cut out though as home heroes Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel are already confirmed in the line-up.
Schumacher said: "It's very exciting to see The Race of Champions in Germany. Sebastian and I have won the Nations Cup for the last three years and I'm really looking forward to defending our title in front of our home crowd. I'm thrilled to hear Alain is joining in too, making the fun even bigger."
Even bigger fun does seem to be high on the organizers' list of priorities – the track at Dusseldorf will be a full metre wider that the one laid at the Beijing Bird's Nest last year, allowing the no doubt stellar field a bit more space for flamboyant driving.
The full line-up for the 2010 Race of Champions will be revealed in the coming weeks, but previous events have included Jensen Button, Mikko Hirvonen, David Coulthard, Travis Pastrana and Marcus Grönholm.
To apply for tickets, visit the website www.raceofchampions.com.