Pierre Gasly, Loic Duval are chosen to race for France at ROC Mexico
Pierre Gasly and Loïc Duval have become the latest drivers to sign up for the 2019 Race Of Champions that will take place on January 19-20 at the Foro Sol, the iconic stadium section of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. Gasly and Duval will also join forces for Team France in the ROC Nations Cup, competing against a mighty field of racing stars from all around the world.
The 22-year-old Pierre Gasly is one of the hottest prospects in global motorsport right now, having just secured a full-time job as Red Bull Racing-Honda driver in the Formula 1 World Championship. The Frenchman made an F1 debut in 2018, recording five starts with Toro Rosso. Previously, he was the GP2 Series champion in 2016. Gasly will participate at the Race of Champions for the first time.
“It’s a big honour to be taking part in the Race Of Champions for the first time. I’ve known about the event for many years, and I’m excited to see how it works first-hand at last. I know France has a rich tradition of driving success at the event so I’m looking forward to aiming for another strong performance in partnership with Loïc in the ROC Nations Cup. Most of all I’m looking forward to hearing the noise of the Mexican crowds. I know the Foro Sol well from Formula 1, it’s a spectacular venue and we will all put on a great show for the fans,” Gasly said.
The 36-year-old Loïc Duval is most known as Audi factory driver in different competitions, including FIA WEC and DTM, and Le Mans 24 Hours winner in 2013. He won at Le Mans together with Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen, who is also in the field for next weekend’s ROC Mexico. Duval currently competes with Audi in the DTM and with TDS Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Same as Gasly, Duval is also the ROC rookie.
“I’ve watched the Race Of Champions for years, and I’ve always been hoping I’d get a chance to have a go for myself. Now it’s happening for real, I can’t wait to take on all these great drivers from motorsport series all over the world – not least in the ROC Nations Cup for Team France alongside Pierre. The event looks like an amazing experience and I’m sure the atmosphere at the Foro Sol will be special,” Duval said.
Together with two Frenchmen, the drivers confirmed for ROC Mexico are Sebastian Vettel, David Coulthard, Tom Kristensen, Helio Castroneves, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Josef Newgarden, Johan Kristoffersson, Lucas di Grassi, Mick Schumacher, Memo Rojas, Daniel Suarez, Benito Guerra and Patricio O’Ward.