Nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen will compete in a record 13th straight Race of Champions after confirming his participation in this year’s Bangkok event.
The Dane has finished runner-up in the individual event for the past two years, losing out to Romain Grosjean in 2012 and to Sebastien Ogier the year before. He also made the final in Paris in 2005 when he Mattias Ekstrom won the Nations’ Cup and in London in 2008.
“The Race of Champions is a great way to end the season: always fun with great camaraderie among all the drivers from different types of motorsport,” Kristensen said. “That is why I come back every year. Still, I do give everything to win and I’m getting closer every year.
“The challenge is to jump into different cars and Romain deserved to win in 2012. But even though I’m a bit older, to reach the final and race the youngsters is still a lot of fun.
“Last year was the warmest ROC I have competed in so we know what to expect in Bangkok. I’m still young so maybe one day I’ll get the chance to win it…preferably in December.”
Seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher will also be competing in this year’s event, which will take place in Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium on Dec. 14-15. Schumacher and Team Germany partner Sebastian Vettel have won the RoC’s Nations’ Cup contest for the past six straight years.