Race of Champions set for Germany

The 2010 Race of Champions will take place in Dusseldorf's ESPRIT Arena, the organisers of the winter all-star event have announced

Race of Champions set for Germany

The event will take place on 26-27 November, and moves to Germany after a single year in Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium. It had twice been held at Wembley Stadium in England before its visit to China.

German heroes Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel have already confirmed their participation in the event.

"It's going to be very exciting to see the Race of Champions in Germany, particularly as Sebastian and I have won the Nations Cup for the last three years," said Schumacher.

"So this is a great opportunity and a fantastic decision from the organisers. I'm really looking forward to defending our title in front of our home crowd."

Vettel added: "It is special to do this kind of event in front of your home crowd. It will be a unique experience and hopefully Michael and I will get a lot of support."

RoC organiser Fredrik Johnsson pointed out that the event had taken place in Germany much earlier in its history.

"After the successful events in the Bird's Nest in Beijing and Wembley Stadium, we received offers from top class venues all over the globe," he said. "But after a long selection process Germany came out on top.

"We had a very good experience in 1989 when we organised the second Race of Champions on the world's first parallel track at the Nurburgring. That had an amazing response from the German fans so we felt it was time to take the ROC back there after all these years.

"With Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel fighting it out in Dusseldorf's covered and heated arena the atmosphere promises to be really hot - even at the end of November."

The Race of Champions pits top drivers from all forms of motorsport against each other in head to head contests in a variety of machinery from buggies to rally cars, and in both individual and nation versus nation team events. Former DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom won the 2009 RoC in Beijing, beating Schumacher in the final.

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