Lotus Formula 1 driver Heikki Kovalainen is to return to the Race of Champions this November, six years on from his shock triumph in the 2004 event.
The then-relatively unknown Finn, who had just won the World Series by Nissan title, caused a sensation by defeating F1 world champion Michael Schumacher in their semi-final that year and then beating World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb in the final.
"The Race of Champions has a special place in my heart because beating Michael and Sebastien in 2004 really got me noticed in the world of motorsport," Kovalainen said.
"It was around that time that my road to Formula 1 really took off. Now we have had a great first year with Lotus.
"I always revel in the toughest competition - that's why I want to be part of RoC. If I come away with another result like that again this year you can bet I'll be jumping back onto the roof of any car I can find..."
RoC chief Fredrik Johnsson was thrilled that Kovalainen would be competing again.
"Heikki made a mighty impressive entrance into motorsport folklore with his win at the Race of Champions in 2004," said Johnsson. "Now we look forward to seeing if he can match that against another field of legends next month."
This year's RoC takes place in Dusseldorf on 27-28 November.
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