Tom Kristensen, Johan Kristoffersson to represent Team Nordic at ROC Mexico
‘Mr. Le Mans’ Tom Kristensen and two-time FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson are the latest participants confirmed for the 2019 Race of Champions that will take place on January 19-20 the Foro Sol, the amphitheatre forming part of Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Besides fighting for the ROC victory, Kristensen and Kristoffersson will also join forces in the ROC Nations Cup for Team Nordic.
Two great racers will compete against many other greats from all over the world. The ROC field already features Formula 1 legends Sebastian Vettel and David Coulthard plus FIA F3 European Champion Mick Schumacher and Mexican racers Memo Rojas, Daniel Suarez, Benito Guerra and Patricio O’Ward.
Tom Kristensen retired from full-time racing in 2014 but he continued to compete at the Race Of Champions. He won the ROC Nations Cup trophy two times and reached the individual Grand Final five times. In Mexico, Kristensen will equal Stig Blomqvist’s overall record of 15 ROC appearances.
Kristensen said: “I’ve been coming to the Race Of Champions for so long, it remains the one exception to my status as a ‘retired’ driver. ROC is a very special event and I am always very honoured to take part. The challenge is to race against top drivers from a wide range of motor sport series. It is a lot of fun to take on the young guns too, and I’m especially looking forward to teaming up with Johan on Team Nordic. I first met him in Gotland in Sweden when he was still a boy – and I’ve followed his impressive career with great interest ever since.
Of course I’m still waiting to take home the individual trophy so hopefully I can rectify that in Mexico City at long last. Either way, it’s always a great weekend and we also enjoy meeting up with race fans from all over the world. Most of all I hope we can give all the race fans in Mexico a show to remember.”
Johan Kristoffersson made an impressive ROC debut earlier this year in Riyadh, taking three wins out of three in the ROC Nations Cup group stages for Team Sweden. He then made it into the semi-finals of the individual Race Of Champions before being knocked out by his World RX teammate Petter Solberg.
Kristoffersson said: “I’m super excited to be back at the Race Of Champions for the second year. Last year was a good experience with some good battles before I was beaten by my rallycross team-mate Petter Solberg, so this year I’m out for revenge! It’s a big challenge to compete against some of the best drivers in the world, but the aim is still to come out on top. Most importantly I will have fun and enjoy the racing.”
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