The draw for this weekend’s Race Of Champions has set the individual match-ups that will determine the “Champion of Champions.”
Following Friday’s ROC Nations Cup, Saturday’s individual race will see three Indianapolis 500 winners go head-to-head, with reigning ROC Champion of Champions Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves and Ryan Hunter-Reay drawn together in the group stages. Tom Kristensen will have to race this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours winner Timo Bernhard plus Formula 1 great David Coulthard.
Saudi Arabian hopeful Yazeed Al-Rajhi will take on FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg and reigning IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden.
Reigning European F3 Champion Lando Norris has drawn World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson and reigning DTM Champion Rene Rast.
Each group will also include the winner of a series of Round 1 heats featuring some of the other racers gathering in Riyadh. That includes the local hopefuls who prevail in the ROC Factor Middle East and ROC Factor Saudi Arabia competitions, plus many of the world’s best gamers who are taking part in the inaugural eROC.
The top two drivers in each group will advance to the quarterfinals. Then ia knockout tournament will pare down the competition to the Grand Final.
ROC Nations Cup Draw (Friday)
Team Germany (Timo Bernhard, Rene Rast)
Team Latin America (Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves)
Team Mexico (Memo Rojas, Abraham Calderon)
Team USA (Ryan Hunter-Reay, Josef Newgarden)
Team Nordic (Tom Kristensen, Petter Solberg)
Team Great Britain (David Coulthard, Lando Norris)
Team Swededn (Johan Kristoffersson, Joel Eriksson)
Team Sim Racing All Stars (Rudy van Buren, eROC winner)
Team Saudi Arabia (Yazeed Al-Rajhi, ROC Factor Saudi Arabia winner)
Team UAE (Khaled Al Qubaisi, Khalid Al Qassimi)
Team Lebanon (Karl Massaad, Mansour Chebli)
The winners of each group will advance to the semifinals, along with the leading runner-up from Groups A and B. The knockout rounds are best-of-three.
Race Of Champions Draw (Saturday)
Winner of Round 1 between Memo Rojas and Abraham Calderon
Winner of Round 1 between Rudy van Buren and the eROC winner
Winner of Round 1 between Joel Eriksson and fastest driver from Lebanon in ROC Factor Middle East
Winner of Round 1 between fastest driver from UAE in ROC Factor Middle East
and ROC Factor Saudi Arabia winner
The top two from each group will advance to the quarterfinals, then to a knockout tournament all the way to the best-of-three Grand Final, in which the ROC Champion of Champions will be crowned.