2012 Race of Champions Thailand Starts Tomorrow

Posted by: Kenny Chan onDecember 13th, 2012

The track for the 2012 Race of Champions is all paved and ready to go at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium. If you’re not familiar with the RoC, you’ll want to check out their website but the basic premise is to bring together the greatest drivers from around the world–from Formula 1, rally, touring car, Le Mans, MotoGP, IndyCar and X-Games–and then pit them against each other on the same track and in the same car.

The weekend will begin on Friday with the RoC Thailand and RoC Asia events followed by the RoC Nations Cup on Saturday and then what we all look forward to, the individual Race of Champions on Sunday. This year organizers are putting on the inaugural “RoC Rocks” festival right next door to the Rajamangala Stadium featuring stands from their partners including Red Bull, Singha, Toyota and Yamaha.

The Race of Champions will be broadcast all over the world but here in Canada we’ll have to settle for some livestreams of the event. Drive will be streaming it via their youtube channel but it will be delayed (7pm ET on Dec 15 and 16) and only available for U.S. residents. Stay tuned for any updates!

Here are the match-ups for the Race of Champions events done by draw earlier this week.

Race Of Champions Draw

Group A
Sébastien OGIER, WRC star and reigning ROC ‘Champion of Champions’
Jamie WHINCUP, V8 Supercar Champion 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008
David COULTHARD, 13 Formula 1 grand prix victories
Benito GUERRA, Production World Rally Champion 2012

Group B
Tom KRISTENSEN, eight-time Le Mans 24-Hour race winner
Andy PRIAULX, three-time World Touring Car Champion
ROC Asia 1, top non-Thailand competitor from ROC Asia
ROC Thailand 1, winner of ROC Thailand

Group C
Sebastian VETTEL, Formula 1 World Champion 2012, 2011, 2010
Jorge LORENZO, MotoGP World Champion 2012, 2010
Mick DOOHAN, five-time 500cc MotoGP World Champion
ROC Thailand 2, runner-up from ROC Thailand

Group D
Michael SCHUMACHER, seven-time Formula 1 World Champion
Ryan HUNTER-REAY, IndyCar Series Champion 2012
ROC Asia 2, second-placed non-Thailand competitor from ROC Asia
Romain GROSJEAN, three Formula 1 podiums in 2012

ROC Nations Cup Draw

Group A
Team France (Sébastien OGIER & Romain GROSJEAN)
Team Great Britain (David COULTHARD & Andy PRIAULX)
Team Americas (Ryan HUNTER-REAY & Benito GUERRA)
Team All Stars (Tom KRISTENSEN & Jorge LORENZO)

Group B
Team Germany (Michael SCHUMACHER & Sebastian VETTEL)
Team Thailand (The two finalists from ROC Thailand)
Team Australia (Mick DOOHAN & Jamie WHINCUP)
Team Asia (The leading ROC Asia team other than Thailand)

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