Skydiver Felix Baumgartner to contest the Race of Champions

Record-breaking skydiver Felix Baumgartner will contest the Race of Champions in Bangkok next month

Skydiver Felix Baumgartner to contest the Race of Champions

The Red Bull-backed athlete earned a huge global audience for his dive from the edge of space, breaking the sound barrier during his 39-kilometre descent.

Baumgartner has already dabbled in motorsport, contesting the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup finale at Hockenheim, where he finished 19th.

"I've seen a lot of the Race of Champions because I've always been really interested in motorsport," said Baumgartner.

"My Dad never invested money in it so I moved in a different direction and became a skydiver.

"But I've practised rally driving with a friend and in the last couple of years I've had a lot of invitations to motorsport events so I'm practising and practising and getting better and better.

"Of course I'm at a very medium level but I'm used to speed, picking things up fast and I'm not scared to compete against the best.

"Everyone else is at the top of their game, so I'm the one with the least amount of pressure this time. They all want to show they're the best racing driver in the world, whereas I'm a skydiver...

"So no one will be expecting very much from me and as long as I don't damage the car and I do a couple of cool laps, everybody's going to say: 'Hey, he's not as bad as we thought he would be!'"

Baumgartner's competition at the RoC, which takes place on December 14-15, will include seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher, Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen and World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier.

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