Ricciardo to make Race of Champions debut

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo will make his Race of Champions debut, which will be held in London at the former Olympic Stadium from November 20-21.

Ricciardo is the second Formula One driver to enter the event, following former teammate and current Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, who announced his return last week.

The three-time Grand Prix winner will represent Team Australia with motorcycle legend Mick Doohan alongside.

“It’s an honor to be invited to the Race of Champions and I’m really looking forward to racing inside the tight confines of London’s former Olympic Stadium,” said Ricciardo. “It will be very different to what I’m used to in Formula 1 but I can’t wait to try out ROC’s wide range of cars in quick succession. It looks like a serious challenge but I’m ready for anything.

“It’s also very special to be able to represent my country, especially as team-mate to someone like Mick Doohan. The word ‘legend’ is overused in sport but Mick is one of the few who genuinely deserve it. What he’s achieved is incredible and I’ve seen he’s a mean competitor on four wheels too.

“Now we need as many Europe-based Aussies as possible to come to London to cheer us on, then let’s see what we can do.”

Besides Ricciardo and Vettel, ex-F1 driver David Coulthard and nine-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen are some of the other big names confirmed for the event.

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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